Wine Guide: Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige consists of the two autonomous regions Trentino and South Tyrol (Alto Adige in Italian, Südtirol in German). It’s the only Italian region where German is next to Italian the official language. The capital of the region is Trento. Trentino-Alto Adige is located in north-east Italy.

Wine making has long history in Trentino-Alto Adige. A large variety of grapes are grown in this unique terrain. Most of the grapes are not found in other parts of Italy. South Tyrolean wine making has influences from Austria with which the region shares a border. The region is one of the few that has not a single wine classified as DOCG. For more on Italian wine classification read this post.

The locals of the region often use the saying: “Pane e vino fanno un bel bambino” which translates to bread and wine make a beautiful baby. This saying shows the importance given to wine in this region. Even though wine is considered very important, Trentino-Alto Adige makes up only around 1% of the Italian wine production.

South Tyrol Wine Hills

Important grapes in Trentino-Alto Adige

Lagrein and Schiava are the two most important red grapes. For white wines Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvginon-Blanc are the most planted ones.

Important wines from Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Alto Adige DOC
    This wine classification is the most common one around the city of Bolzano/Bozen. Over 30 grapes are permitted in wines classified as Alto Adige DOC. Some compare the Alto Adige DOC to an IGT because the classification is very broad. The classification is used for red and white wines.
  • Colli di Bolzano DOC
    Red wine produced around Bolzano. Grapes permitted: at least 90% Schiava Gentile, up to 10% Lagrein and Pinot Noir.
  • Sankt Magdalener DOC
    Produced around the city of Bolzano. Grapes permitted: at least 85% Schiava Gentile. Up to 15% other grapes that are also permitted in the Alto Adige DOC.
  • Trento DOC/Trentino DOC
    Common DOC for white and pink wines from the city of Trento.
  • Valdadige DOC
    Valdadige DOC is wine classification for wines from certain communes of the regions Trentino-Alto Adige and from Veneto. The wines is produced around the area of the cities Trentino, Bolzano and Verona (Veneto). A large variety of grapes can be used. The classification is used for red, white and even pink wines.

Quick facts about wine from Trentino-Alto Adige

  • Alto Adige DOC is the Italian wine classification that allows more grapes in its production than any other DOC/DOCG
  • Trentino-Alto Adige has no DOCG wine
  • The region makes up 10% of Italy’s Grappa production. Grappa is a grape-based alcoholic beverage with at least 35% ABV. Just like wine Grappa can also age in oak. It’s usually produced from red grapes.

Tasting notes from Trentino-Alto Adige

Tenute Loacker - Morit St. Magdalener 2007Below you find a list of a few wines from Trentino-Alto Adige that have been reviewed on Vino in Love. These reviews will help you understand how the wines from that region taste. Hope you enjoy reading them!

Trentino-Alto Adige has over 35 “tre bicchieri” Gambero Rosso 2013 winners. The complete list of these wines can be found here.

Let’s conclude this region guide with a youtube video

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Photo Credit Castle: Dieter Müller

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8 comments on “Wine Guide: Trentino-Alto Adige”

  1. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    The castle with the vineyard surrounding it looks beautiful!
    Really enjoy these kind of posts. Always straight to the point!

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks! I’m happy that you like the guide 🙂
      The picture shows a typical for South Tyrolean castle. The countryside there is full of them!

  2. theducksong Reply

    I personally prefer Southern Italian wines much more. The red wines from Trentino are often too acid – not as bad as German red wines but almost as bad. The wines ones are ok I guess!

    • vino in love Reply

      Well certain red wines from Trentino-Alto Adige can be quite good. I’ve had a few good blends of Lagrein and Cabernet-Sauvignon. I really think it depends on the situation and on personal taste.

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