Introduction

By Paul Caputo

Viticulture in the Alto Adige has historic roots that preceded the Roman Empire. This region’s vineyards extend over the plains and hills surrounding the Isarco Valley and the Adige River whose valley is Italy’s corridor to Germany. Alto Adige is considered more Germanic than it is Italian and although the Trentino in the south tends to reflect Italian culture, it too remains more cosmopolitan, as exemplified in the international grape varietals so popular in this region. The most famous varietals are Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Müller Thurgau, Riesling and Moscato. Trentino is also responsible for Italy’s largest production of Chardonnay and is a leader in sparkling wines.

Appellations of Trentino-Alto Adige

Alto Adige / Südtirol DOC

One of the most complex appellations in Italy, Alto Adige DOC can produce a number of different wines from several different varieties.

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Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGP

Vigneti delle Dolomiti covers winemaking in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. Although a range of different grape varieties and styles are permitted, the high altitude generally leads to fresh and fragrant wines.

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