The DOCs of Trentino-Alto Adige
So my opinions are pretty clear in the video: don’t worry about DOCs and DOCGs when it comes to Trentino-Alto Adige.
Why? Because the DOCs have been designed to be all-encompassing, and in the end for these regions it’s the producer that matters the most combined with the grape variety that you are seeking out.
Let me emphasize this point again: who produced the wine the most important factor in the wines of these regions (especially when talking about Alto Adige).
Yes, there are quality levels. Yes, the prices can range from $15 to $80 a bottle. Yes, terroir is a factor. But after enjoying these wines for over 25 years I can tell you that less and less do I care about the specific DOC that it came from, and more and more about who made it.
Want to see just how many tiny little DOCs have been made here, along with some gigantic overlapping DOCs? Check out this page at the Italian Wine Guide and look at the columns on the left and right. If you try to learn about these regions via their DOCs, you’ll never finish! Instead, focus on grape varieties, generalities of styles, and specific producers.