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Alpine or Mediterranean?

Alto Adige grapes grow where the North becomes the South.

The province’s climate lies along the meteorological divide of Central and Southern Europe. The Alps protect the area from cold air masses from the north filled with precipitation, while warm, moist air currents from Lake Garda and the Mediterranean find their way to Alto Adige.
Mild sunny days, warm soils, sufficient precipitation, cool nights, and strong winds bring fruity freshness into Alto Adige wines.
While at elevation of up to 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above sea level, demanding varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Noir are characterized by a particular finesse, in the valley areas the late ripening varieties such as Lagrein, Merlot, and Cabernet reach perfect maturity.

Enjoyment of Wine with a Guarantee of Origin

The two DOC-zones Alto Adige (Südtiroler) and Lago di Caldaro (Kalterersee) identify Alto Adige wines by their area of origin. For the DOC-zone Alto Adige (Südtiroler) exist six subzones: Alto Adige Valle Isarco (Südtirol Eisacktaler), Alto Adige Santa Maddalena (Südtirol St. Magdalener), Alto Adige Terlano (Südtirol Terlaner), Alto Adige Meranese (Südtirol Meran), Alto Adige Valle Venosta (Südtirol Vinschgau), and Alto Adige Colli di Bolzano (Südtirol Bozner Leiten).

A Multitude of Wines and Fine Living

With three hundred days of sun per year and a mild, Alpine-continental climate, Alto Adige is not only one of the most popular vacation areas of Europe, it is also an outstanding winegrowing region.

The Wild West

The dry Val Venosta in the northwest is the smallest winegrowing region of Alto Adige. It is characterized by extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night, with favored plantings being Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Noir.

Strongholds of Wine

The Isarco Valley with its northern influences is regarded as the stage for white wines in Alto Adige, with specialties such as Kerner, Sylvaner, or Müller Thurgau at the forefront. In the Bassa Atesina, on the other hand, the vineyards situated at high elevations belong completely to the late-maturing reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Greetings from Lake Garda

Around Appiano and Caldaro, rambling vineyards are nestled in the curving hills all the way to Lake Caldaro. The warm afternoon wind from Lake Garda known as the Ora shapes the character here of Schiava (Vernatsch), Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaking with an Urban Flair

The mild climate in the area around Merano brings forth leading varieties such as Schiava, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc, while around the provincial capital of Bolzano, the heaviest crus of Lagrein ripen.

Alto Adige’s Winegrowing Climate in Figures

Lots of sun and the right rainfall. This is where variety grows.

Winegrowing as the Landscape Mosaic

Alto Adige’s top-quality wines come from the vineyards of aficionados right in the middle of urban residential areas as well as from the extensive vine-covered hillsides in rural areas.

A Legacy from Primeval Times

The composition of the soils in Alto Adige is extremely multifaceted. This distinctive geological conditions shape the character of Alto Adige wines literally from the ground up.