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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightItaly

Take Me to Higher Heights

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  • Publish Date: Apr 6, 2010

The northern-most vineyards of Italy lay in a wine region called Alto Adige (“Alto Ah-dee-jay”). As the name suggests, the grapes there have no fear of heights and the Alps tower majestically over the wineries, castles and vines that cling to the terraced slopes. While the area has only been recognized as an official growing region since 1963, the winemaking history in Alto Adige is ancient with artifacts showing that wine was made there as early as 500 B.C..

The wines of Alto Adige reflect the ample sunshine, cool crisp evenings and the mineral rich soil that characterize the region. With more varieties of white wine (20 in total) than any other region in Italy, it’s an extraordinary place to turn when looking for new Spring and Summer sippers this year.

Our favorites from Alto Adige are the Chardonnays, Pinot Biancos and Sauvignons (what they call Sauvignon Blanc). While styles obviously vary, the wines are generally crisp and minerally, with bright, unoaked fruit character.

It’s hard not to wish you were soaking up the rays after a hike in the foothills of the Alps as you sip wines from Alto Adige.

Look for well-priced Alto Adige wines nex time you're in the shop or browse this list of our favorites.

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