During the “Alto Adige Wine Summit” from 22-23 September at the Messe Bozen Convention Centre, sample unique Alto Adige wines and get into conversation with the wine producers who make them. An exciting programme awaits visitors of the two-day event that highlights the individual characteristics of the featured local wines.
The “Anteprima” on Friday 22 September will bring together wine lovers, industry representatives, members of the gastronomy field, the international press and the wine producers themselves. On Saturday, 23 September, the event is open to the general public. “Wine Stories” will lead wine-loving visitors through a special wine-tasting course. As the wines are sampled, producers will have the opportunity to tell the history and backstory of the wines.
Various side events will also take place parallel to the two-day main event including vertical and guided tasting sessions. The symbiosis of wine and music will also be highlighted, as will the connection between wine and good food.
The wine-producers invite all to a tasting of this wine so closely associated with Bolzano itself. During the guided tours and themed walking route will give the opportunity to experience and be informed about the various phase of vine and wine cultivation during the year – from the pruning of vines, through the blossoming period, to the grape reaching full maturity, to the harvest time, and finally to the bottling of the final product in the winecellars.
On August 10th 2017, from 6pm to the midnight, tourists and inhabitants can taste the new wine along the beautiful Portici street.
Sommeliers and South Tyrolean farmers will be proud to give you all additional information about local wines and its production. Some stands located in Municipio square will complete the offer of this important event.
Wine in Bolzano has a long tradition. Everywhere in the city wonderful wine yards adorn the landscape in the environs.
In Bolzano you will find more than 20 wine cellars where to taste excellent wines. In particular the city is well known all over Europe thanks to two different wine varieties: Lagrein and Santa Maddalena.
The South Tyrol Museum of Archeologiy will be open until 9pm.
Pfannenstielhof St. Magdalener
In the new edition of the leading Italian wine guide from Gambero Rosso twenty-seven Alto Adige wines are awarded the coveted “Tre Bicchieri” (Three Glasses). A confirmation and a great success for the Alto Adige wine sector.
Alto Adige’s white wines dominate the scene: seventeen of a total of the twenty-seven new “Tre Bicchieri” wines are whites. Alto Adige Pinot Bianco sets the tone. Until a few years ago stepchild of the wine sector, the sympathic local hero has once again achieved to get on the top with four “Tre Bicchieri” wines. In second place rank Sylvaner and Riesling with three wines each, followed by two Gewürztraminer and two Sauvignon two, a Müller Thurgau, a Terlano and a white blend.
With Alto Adige’s red wines, particularly the indigenous varieties come away with honors, as in previous years. Again two Schiava wines succeeded to get in the Olympus of Italian wine world, strengthening the renaissance of the most cultivated grape variety in Alto Adige. They are followed by four Lagrein, two Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Noir. Among the sweet wines the Moscato Giallo Passito Serenade 2012 from the Cantina Kaltern Caldaro is on the top of the ranking.
Alto Adige’s „Tre Bicchieri“ Wines for 2016
Located on the slopes just north of Bolzano, at the intersection of the Adige and Isarco Rivers, is the Alto Adige Santa Maddalena DOC wine zone, known also as the Sudtirol St. Magdalener in this region of dual identities.
This wine zone is produces red wine from the native Schiava grapes, also known as Vernatsch. These wines are blends, containing up to 15% of other varieties of grapes, most commonly Lagrein, another native varietal, as well as Pinot Noir. Typically, these wines include at least 5% Lagrein.
These wines are difficult to come by in the US, but a recent trip to Alto Adige presented me with an opportunity to try a St. Magdalener wine from Pfannenstielhof. This is a family-run winery that has been producing wines since at least 1561. These use exclusively their own grapes to produce their red wines - St. Magdalener Classico, Lagrein, Lagrein Riserva, and a Pinot Noir. Their motto is “As much as necessary, but as little as possible”, and they strive to produce wines that are true to their beautiful terroir and native grape varieties. Their dedication paid off in 2009, when their St. Magdalener was awarded the coveted Three Glasses from wine guide Gambero Rosso.
Vineyards outside of Bolzano
Their St. Magdalener Classico is a blend of 95% Schiava with 5% Lagrein. The Schiava grapes are grown in Rentsch, near Bolzano, on the sunny southern slopes of the RIttner Mountain. It is a bright ruby red, with hints of floral and cherry fruit on the nose. It is crisp, lively, and full of cherry flavor, with just a bit of acidity and tannin to balance. A dry, persistent, lightly elegant finish. I enjoyed it with the local cheese, Ortler, grilled and served with a warm cabbage salad. It would also pair well with roasted white meat, or lighter red meat dishes.