Alto Adige

Alto Adige, where North becomes South

The Raetho-Romansh planted the first vines here in 1,000 BC already, which makes the Alto Adige a very old wine region. Also known as the Südtirol, it is a small region for Italy but the largest of the Alpine wine regions. Countless first-class wines grow along the Isarco and Adige. These two rivers flow from the snow-covered northern peaks in a southerly direction towards the fig and olive trees. The geographical location shares an Alpine climate and a Mediterranean climate with vineyards at altitudes that can vary between 200 and 1,000 metres.
Key info

Area 5'700 ha
Distribution 64% white, 36% red
Climate Alpine-continental and mild Mediterranean
Soils A wide variety from volcanic porphyry to limestone and dolomite 
as well as primary rock soils of quartz and mica

Cultivation Terraces


Grapes (white) Area Weight
Pinot Grigio                                         
1'007 ha 17.9%
Gewürtztraminer 616 ha 11%
Chardonnay  594 ha 10.6%
Pinot Bianco 577 ha 10.3%
Sauvignon Blanc 459 ha 8.2%
Müller Thurgau 179 ha 3.2%
Kerner  118 ha 2.1%
Moscato Giallo 95 ha 1.7%
Grapes (red) Area Weight 
Schiava (Vernatsch) - indigenous 571 ha 10.2%
Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) 521 ha 9.3%
Lagrein - indigenous 510 ha 9.1%
Merlot 190 ha 3.4%
Cabernet Sauvignon 162 ha 2.9%