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With hillsides terraced by pretty apple orchards, the dazzling Dolomites and its sun soaked mountain slopes, the Alto-Adige is an alpine paradise.   A bilingual province, its well heeled neighbours from Switzerland, Austria and Germany flock to spend holidays here rock climbing, dining in mountain lodges and taking long alpine walks.  

Red or white?
Whites are the shining light in this region but the lesser known reds from regional specialties are marvellous medium bodied expressions. 

If classy, crisp and racy white wine is your thing, these wines should be part of your regular drinking plans.  Lead by its sophisticated cooperative producers, Pinot Grigio is king, though ably backed up by Pinot Bianco and less well known treasures like Sylvaner and Kerner. 

Premium white blends add Chardonnay to the mix, giving glorious texture and fuller bodied whites. 

Smart refreshing medium bodied reds with juicy pomegranate fruit and a touch of tannin, come in the form of Schiava and Lagrein. 

Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Schiava, Lagrein

Favourite Producers
Terlan, Erste + Neue, Köfererhof, Foradori, Tiefenbrunner

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  1. Erste + Neue Kalterersee Schiava 2019
    Erste + Neue Kalterersee Schiava 2019

    Like all producers in the Alto Adige valley, Esrte+Neue grow a reasonably white variety of grapes from a varying array of altitudes. Schiava (also known as Trollinger and/or Vernatsch further north) is the mainstay, everyday drinking wine for the locals. Its labelled as 'Kalteresee' DOC after the nearby town, Kaltern. Picked off vineyards at around 500m with soils made up of a calcareous, glacial base but also have a small amounts of volcanic porphyry with clay underlay in some sections the harvest time is usually late September.

    The other key point is the cool winds from the south that kick in everyday around 3pm have more of an influence at this level than in the lower parts of the valley cooling the afternoon down - these winds are called the  'Ora'. This helps them pick a little later due to the cooling impact of the these winds.

    What a treat! This opens to wonderful rose and floral aromas that mingle with wild strawberry and liffted red fruits. The palate is a touch lighter then mid-weight but has so much punch and flavour. There is a nice little bight of tannin that off-sets the juicy red fruits, cranberry, wild berry thing that is gong on. This is such a pretty and crunchy red and so easy to down. Its the perfect warmer weather red if ever we tried one. PWS

  2. Franz Haas Pinot Grigio 2020
    Franz Haas Pinot Grigio 2020
    Founded in 1880, the winery is now in the hands of Franz Haas VII who is the seventh generation. Based in Bolzano in Alto Adige, this wine is a beautiful mix of mountain spice and wet stones. From vines grown between 600-800m altitude on mostly clay and lime soils, it’s crisp with a little breadth thanks to some time in older barrels.

    A classic example of modern pinot grigio from Northeastern Italy, but with more delicacy and freshness than many. I love the nose of mandarin orange and ripe melon, plus the long, juicy and silky finish. Screw cap. JAMES SUCKLING
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