A little light info to get us all started on Alto Adige / Sud Tirol:
Total Vineyard Size:
5,293 hectares | total regional vineyard including quality wines, table wines & table grapes
Dedicated to Quality:
5,119 hectares | dedicated to producing grapes for Quality wines.
Colli di Bolzano
Lago di Caldaro
% DOP / IGP
From 2013 figures it’s estimated 90% of wines produced in Alto Adige are according to EU DOP/PDO Quality standards. The region produces *3 DOP (DOC) wines, two of which are interregional with Trentino. There are 2 IGP classified wines accounting for 10% output.
As always, a number of the regions native grape varieties are used for blending purposes. That said, we’ve listed those grapes which we understand are available as mono-varietals or which are important blenders. Naturally, as we make our own discovery, we’ll update these lists.
Also known as Schiava Piccola. Principally blended with the other two Schiava. While carrying the same prefix, by all accounts, there’s no family bond.
So far we haven’t found a monovarietal. Mostly blended with other local Schiava group members.
Considered the most widely planted of the three Schiava varieties. Schiava meaning ‘slave’ derived possibly from how it is trained. In Alto Adige, also known as Vernatsch. Difficult to ascertain what a true Schiava Grossa tastes like as the majority of wines are blended together. Intrigued.
Youthful reds, principally fruit driven rustic that soften with short exposure to wood. Sibling of Marzemino & related to Syrah. Drink ’em young.
All data is intended to be for indicative purposes only due to the variability from vintage to vintage. But we do try to keep ourselves ‘reasonably’ updated :)