Alto Adige DOC, which is located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region, also known as South Tyrol, is one of Italy’s top wine-growing regions, as well as the highest wine-growing region in Europe, with vines planted as far up as 1,000 metres on the steep Alpine slopes. Here the vineyards have both the benefits of the Mediterranean sun and the multifaceted Alpine landscape. It is this wonderful terroir that makes the wines from Alto Adige so unique.
Exceptional award winning wines are produced in this region, despite it being one of Italy’s smallest wine growing regions. They are authentic with lots of character. If you are intrigued and want to try some of the wines from the region, here are some recommendations.
For Pinot Noir lovers, I recommend Peter Zemmer | Pinot Noir Riserva Vigna Kofl 2017 | Alto Adige DOC, which is a UK exclusive. It is produced by Peter Zemmer at his family-owned winery in Alto Adige and has won the “Two Glasses” award from Gambero Rosso, which is considered the most prestigious national wine competition in Italy.
The wine is made from hand-selected grapes from a single vineyard (vigna) named Kofl, which lies at 1,030 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Dolomite Alps. As the vineyard is south-facing, the grapes get lots of sunshine during the day and ripen well, despite the high altitude. The vines are kept well aerated by the cold winds blowing from the glaciers. The resulting wine produced is refreshing and full of lovely aromas such as rose petals, cloves and dried strawberry.
My second recommendation is Maturum Lagrein Riserva 2017 | Alto Adige DOC | Silver Medal, which is medium bodied red with slightly more complex aromas of violets, dried roses, blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate. It is the perfect autumnal or winter wine, with gentle tannins but a fantastic taste finish. It is award winning and has won a prestigious Decanter Silver award.
It is produced by K.Martini & Sohn, a Swiss-Italian winemaking family, that grow the grapes for this delicious, dry red wine. The family has been creating premium Lagrein in this mountainous region since 1979.
You can find both these wines online at https://www.independent.wine/wine-shop/
If you happen to be visiting the region, you will be thrilled to know that there is a “wine street,” known locally as Weinstraße (in German) or Strada del Vino (in Italian). This road starts in the southern end of the village of Cortina, and stretches for 10 kilometres to the village of Tramin to the north. What could be better than walking down a wine street, trying different wine along the way? Sounds like an absolute dream to me!
Have you tried wine from Alto Adige DOC?
This is a collaborative post with Independent Wine.