Castelrotto and the Dolomites in Alto Adige, Italy. ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

Alto Adige Special Report: 2019

Brilliant Grüner Veltliner. Awesome Pinot Bianco. Textural Sauvignon Blanc. The complete spectrum of Pinot Noir. The wines of Alto Adige may be small in number, but they are vast in style, effortless to drink, and high in quality.

In 2019, I visited this northern region in Italy twice, and have gathered this special report for you.

20 Wines That Define Alto Adige Right Now

Scintillating Sauvignon Blanc, Gripping Grüner, Amphora Cabernet, Oh My!

20 Wines That Define Alto Adige ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

My report on the 20 wines that I found most compelling in Alto Adige. Read the report.

What’s Noteworthy with Alto Adige Wines

One of Italy’s Most Accessible Wine Regions Still Needs a Lot of Explaining

The Kirchlein St. Michael amidst the Pinot Nero vines of Mazzone, near Egna, Alto Adige, Italy. ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

I attended the Wine Summit of Alto Adige and took a deep dive on what’s new, noteworthy and compelling about Italian wine’s northern frontier. Learn more.

Abbazia di Novacella: Legend of the Alps

Italy’s Second Oldest Winery is Far From a Stodgy Place

A view over the vineyards and abbey of Abbazia di Novacella near Bressanone, Italy. ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

Photos and impressions from my visit to the iconic winery in Valle Isarco. Discover the abbey.

Three Wines from Alois Lageder

Battling Climate Change with a Bag of Tricks

The wines of Alois Lageder ©Kevin Day/Opening a Bottle

How Alois Lageder is using a variety of techniques in the winery to preserve freshness and compelling character. Read more.


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