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Alto Adige: Key red grapes

The red wines of Trentino-Alto Adige are best enjoyed there.

Why? Because the marriage of ‘what grows together goes together’ comes through clearly in these wines. Try any of these high toned reds with Speck ham tater tots and you’ll see just how much the food improves and wine and the wine improves the food.

All the grapes listed below I have loved on specific occasions, and all of those occasions happened when I was in Trentino-Alto Adige. It’s not that I don’t recommend these wines, but as I say in the video make sure you understand the context of the wines.

In 2005, when I was working in the wholesale and import side of the wine business, I sold five cases (60 bottles) of Alto Adige Lagrein to a prominent restaurant with a great wine by the glass program and educated servers. They put it on the by the glass list. Six months later I asked how the wine was doing, and if they needed to order more. “Nope, we’re fine,” said the buyer, “we still have 57 bottles left.” Ouch!


Winesearcher: Lagrein

Savor the Harvest: Lagrein Reigns in Alto Adige


Winesearcher: Teroldego

Italian Wine Connection: Teroldego

FoodWineClick: Goulash and Teroldego


Winesearcher: Schiava (with lots of cool info on the name of the grape)

Opening a Bottle: First Taste Guide to Schiava (lots of cool info on where it’s planted and why)

Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir)

Winesearcher: Pinot Noir

Opening a Bottle: Very Good Pinot Noir from Alto Adige (features one of my favorites, the “Krafuss” from Alois Lageder)