International top scores

99 top marks from global wine guides

99 top grades for 68 Alto Adige wines by 29 producers: the current editions of the six most renowned non-Italian wine guides worldwide once again bestowed the best possible ratings on a whole range of Alto Adige wines.

Above all else, those marks show that the top of the quality pyramid of Alto Adige wine production is not a peak but a plateau, with room for many. That is definitely true for the grape varieties, which are testament to the fact that Alto Adige has turned into a white wine country. 60 out of the 99 top grades went to white wines, 30 went to red wines, and the remaining nine were awarded to sweet wines.

However, even though white wines collected more top marks in total than reds, the one variety with the most accolades is, in fact, a red: Pinot Noir accounts for twelve of the 68 accoladed wines. It is followed by Chardonnay (ten top-rated wines), Pinot Blanc (eight), Lagrein (seven), and Sauvignon (six).

The wide range of top products also becomes evident in the large number of those who received at least one top mark—no fewer than 29 producers, with the Cantina Terlano winery in the lead with 21 top marks. The wine with the highest number of top grades (five), the 2020 Primo Grande Cuvée, is also a Cantina Terlano wine. The 2018 Appius by the St. Michael-Eppan winery as well as the 2010 Rarity Pinot Bianco by the Cantina Terlano winery each scored four top ratings.

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