Which are the best Alto Adige Wines for 2024?

The Italian wine guides provide all the answers

Alto Adige wines have been awarded no less than 419 top scores in the latest editions of the most renowned wine guides in Italy. The highest ratings have been achieved by 259 wines from eighty-five different producers. A clear demonstration of how high-quality wine production is widespread in Alto Adige. What is also quite impressive is the excellent performance of the indigenous Schiava (Vernatsch) wines and the Alto Adige sparkling wines.

Moreover, from the wine guides emerges that this year’s most awarded wine is the 2021 Taber Lagrein Riserva of the Cantina Bolzano, with the highest marks in seven different wine guides. On the other hand, the producer with the highest top scores is the Cantina Terlano with twenty-three points, while the Cantina Girlan and the Cantina Valle Isarco have the largest number of wines with the highest ratings, at nine each.

An examination of the overall distribution of Alto Adige wines with top marks in the various guides shows that this year, some twenty-four wines were awarded the coveted “Tre Bicchieri” in Gambero Rosso, while Slow Wine named thirty-three Alto Adige labels as “Top Wine” and Vitae awarded thirty-nine Alto Adige wines “Quattro Viti”. This year, I Vini di Veronelli awarded Alto Adige wines thirty-one “Tre Stelle Oro” and four “Grandi Esordi”, Vinibuoni gave out twenty-eight of its “Corone”, Bibenda provided its “Cinque Grappoli” thirty-six times, Doctor Wine bestowed “I Faccini 95+” fifty-six times, Winesurf assigned scores of more than 90 points four times, and Sparkle likewise handed out four of its “5 Sfere”. Top scores were also earned by Alto Adige wines forty-eight times this year from Le Guide de L'Espresso, some 107 wines from Alto Adige were honored by The WineHunter, and Guida Bio awarded its “Foglia d'Oro” five times.
Bibenda

Bibenda

The “Fondazione Italiana Sommelier”, the Italian sommelier foundation, also publishes its own wine guide each year under the name “Bibenda”. The best rating from the Bibenda sommeliers is the “Cinque Grappoli”. It also selects its ten best Italian
Doctor Wine

Doctor Wine

Daniele Cernilli, the “Pope of Italian wine”, is behind the launch of the online platform Doctor Wine, which not only provides news about wine in Italy, but also publishes its own wine guide. Wines are rated with “faccini”, with a maximum score of
Gambero Rosso

Gambero Rosso

The “Vini d’Italia” wine guide, published by Gambero Rosso, is considered THE guide to Italian wines. First appearing in 1988 and issued each year ever since, it is Italy’s best-known wine guide. The highest mark awarded by the Gambero Rosso is the
Guida Bio

Guida Bio

As it becomes already evident from the name, with little to no difficulty, the Guida Bio wine guide revolves only around organic wines. Guida Bio is therefore unique within the landscape of guides to Italian wine. And according to its own
I Vini di Veronelli

I Vini di Veronelli

The Seminario Permanente Luigi Veronelli publishes its guide “I Vini di Veronelli” (the “Guida Veronelli” for short) each year. This wine guide too has a special reputation – not least thanks to its size. Over fifteen thousand wines are closely
Le Guide de L’Espresso

Le Guide de L’Espresso

The renowned magazine L'Espresso has been publishing a wine guide for decades now. Since 2023, it has changed format to show off the one thousand best wines from all over Italy. Over five hundred pages, complemented by digital media, the guide
Slow Wine

Slow Wine

Slow Wine originated as an offshoot of Italy’s Slow Food gourmet movement. The association focuses on enjoyment, sustainability and regionality and produces a comprehensive directory of Italian wines and wineries. It publishes an annual pocketbook
Sparkle

Sparkle

The Sparkle guide, published annually for the last two decades, is dedicated solely to sparkling wines. Products in this category are given a maximum of “Cinque Sfere."

The WineHunter

The WineHunter

Launched by Helmuth Köcher, organiser of the Merano Wine Festival, “The WineHunter” is a local product of Alto Adige. Each year, “The Wine Hunter” too evaluates Italy’s best wines and presents its “Platinum Award” and “Golden Award” for the highest
Vinibuoni d’Italia

Vinibuoni d’Italia

The “Vinibuoni d’Italia” guide is the only one in Italy to focus on native grape varieties, i.e. those that can claim a history of at least 300 years in Italy. Its highest awards – namely “Le Corone” and “Le Golden Star” – are bestowed at a public
Vitae

Vitae

Vitae is the wine guide of AIS, the Italian association of sommeliers, which boasts an impressive range of figures. For example, no fewer than 900 tasters are used to evaluate over 10,000 wines from 2,000 selected producers. Vitae’s best wines are
Winesurf

Winesurf

Every year now since 2006, more than five thousand wines have been tasted for the Italian online magazine Winesurf. The maximum possible score awarded is 100 points. In our overview, you can find all those Alto Adige wines that have scored 90 or
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