The wines of Alto Adige represent one of Italy’s smallest viticultural areas (13,100 acres under vine) representing less than 1% of total production, but thanks to its unique location, it is also one of the most multifaceted. The region’s varied climate and terroir enables winegrowers to cultivate an extensive range of grape varieties, more than 20 in total.
Alto Adige wine is renowned for its minerally, well-structed white wines with white grape varieties grown in more than 55% of the region’s vineyards. International varieties like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc thrive in the cool-climate vineyards. The aromatic, spicy Gewürztraminer variety, that hails from the village of Tramin, has a special place in Alto Adige winemaking. Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Veltliner and Riesling complete the white Alto Adige wine varietal range.
Alto Adige’s red grape vineyards are dominated by native varieties Schiava and Lagrein, accounting for around 30% of the total vineyard area. Other classic red grape varieties have been cultivated in the region for over a century, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir—called Pinot Nero in this region. Malvasier and Moscato Rosa, while rare, complete the Alto Adige red wine varietal .