North-East Italy - Trentino-Alto Adige - Alto Adige

3 important questions on North-East Italy - Trentino-Alto Adige - Alto Adige

Describe Alto Adige in brief, where is it located and what does it produce?

  • North East Italy, on lower slopes of Dolomites
  • 60% white: Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc
  • 40% red: Pale red Schiava

Schiava is the most planted black grape in Alto Adige, what is typical about this grape?

  • Known by its German name Vernatsch.
  • Typically grown on a pergola to cope with their natural vigour and the vines produce high yields.
  • The wine is typically a pale ruby wine with perfumed violet and strawberry aromas with a medium to light body and low tannins. In the Santa Magdalena DOC Schiava can be blended with up to 15 per cent Lagrein producing a deeper coloured and fuller bodied wine

75% of the wines of Alto Adige are sold in Italy. Who are the main producers, name better known estates and what is the main export market?

  • Cooperatives 70% of production
  • Alois lageder 50ha
  • Elena Walch 60ha
  • Export: Germany, then USA

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