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Viticulture in Trentino Alto Adige-Südtirol

Viticulture in Alto Adige heavily relies on international grapes, with the sole exception of the Bolzano area, where the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein red varieties account for a large portion of the surface under vine. In northern areas such as Valle Isarco, traditional grapes of German-speaking countries such as Kerner, Sylvaner and Gruner Veltliner are also widespread. Adige heavily relies on international grapes, with the sole exception of the Bolzano area, where the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein red varieties account for a large portion of the surface under vine. In northern areas such as Valle Isarco, traditional grapes of German-speaking countries such as Kerner, Sylvaner and Gruner Veltliner are also widespread.

Adige heavily relies on international grapes, with the sole exception of the Bolzano area, where the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein red varieties account for a large portion of the surface under vine. In northern areas such as Valle Isarco, traditional grapes of German-speaking countries such as Kerner, Sylvaner and Gruner Veltliner are also widespread.

German-speaking countries

Adige heavily relies on international grapes, with the sole exception of the Bolzano area, where the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein red varieties account for a large portion of the surface under vine. In northern areas such as Valle Isarco, traditional grapes of German-speaking countries such as Kerner, Sylvaner and Gruner Veltliner are also widespread.Adige heavily relies on international grapes, with the sole exception of the Bolzano area, where the indigenous Schiava and Lagrein red varieties account for a large portion of the surface under vine. In northern areas such as Valle Isarco, traditional grapes of German-speaking countries such as Kerner, Sylvaner and Gruner Veltliner are also widespread.

Which are the grape varieties in Alto Adige-Südtirol?


  • Schiava (Vernatsch) Once the most widely grown variety in Alto Adige, Schiava gives medium-bodied, easy-drinking reds with moderate acidity and almost imperceptible tannins.
  • Lagrein The other prominent red variety of Alto Adige, thriving in the warmer lower lands and giving inky-colored, full-bodied and moderately tannic reds with aromas of dark spice, sweet black fruits, and chocolate.

Which are the grape varieties in Trentino Alto ?

The Trentino region in Italy is known for both its indigenous and international grape varieties, contributing to a diverse range of wine styles.

Key grape varieties grown in Trentino include:

  • Chardonnay: the key grape for Trento DOC, with Blanc de Blancs accounting for a significant proportion of the production, especially among the Cuveè de Prestige.
  • Pinot Grigio: Trentino is part of the Delle Venezie denomination, and produces large volumes of light and refreshing Pinot Grigio.
  • Nosiola: the main native white grape, giving fruity and slightly nutty dry whites with good palate structure and complementing acidity, and luscious sweet wines from withered grapes – usually labeled as “Vino Santo Trentino”. 
  • Teroldego: this native red grape gives hearty and slightly rustic reds with an inky color and intense aromas of black fruits, dried herbs, and dark spice, anticipating a fruit-forward palate with good acidity often allied to herbal flavors, and slightly astringent tannins.

Trentino Alto Adige (Südtirol)

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