Less than one percent of Italian wines come from South Tyrol, but in terms of quality these are on a par with the Tuscan and Piedmontese greats.
In South Tyrol 20 grape varieties are cultivated across nearly 5,000 hectares. The region is known first and foremost for its production of red wines. Schiava (Vernatsch) is still the most important player. It is the typical fresh, fruity and drinkable South Tyrolean red wine par excellence. On the other hand, the great reds of South Tyrol are frequently talked of in international circles: from the distinctive Lagrein to the punchy Cabernet and Pinot Noir varieties.
But white grape varieties are also increasingly being cultivated. Ruländer/Pinot grigio, White Burgundy and Chardonnay are among the foremost white wines of South Tyrol. Nowhere else in Italy do other white grape varieties—such as Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Sauvignon, Grüner Veltliner or Kerner—produce such fruity fresh, distinctive wines. These also form the basis for the premium South Tyrolean sparkling wine.
Indigenous wines are those which originate from their own growing region. The three original grape varieties of South Tyrol are:
- Lagrein – producing a dark garnet-red, dry, fragrant, full-bodied wine with a hint of violet.
- Schiava (Vernatsch) – the most typical and widespread variety is the grape which produces Kalterersee and St Magdalener wines. The wine is light ruby-red, medium dry and fruity, mild with low acidity and tannin content.
- Gewürztraminer – originating in the wine village of Tramin on the South Tyrolean wine route, it has since conquered the whole world. This dry white wine has a spicy, aromatic, pleasant and full-bodied flavour.
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So take a trip into South Tyrol wine country – especially in the Castelfeder holiday region on the South Tyrol wine route!