Alto Adige
Alto Adige is the northern part of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northeastern Italy; Alto Adige is sometimes referred to as a separate region, as it is bilingual, with Italian and German being the two principal languages. Alto Adige is also referred to as Südtirol (South Tyrol).

This is a cool climate, so white wines, such as Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc), Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon (Blanc) and Pinot Grigio are the most familiar from Alto Adige. There are also some excellent reds, especially Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), Lagrein and Sciava (sometimes spelled Schiava).

Wines labeled with an Alto Adige DOC refer to wines produced from grapes grown anywhere in the Alto Adige region. The local industry features a mix of small private firms along with several excellent cooperatives; in these companies, the grape growers are also members of the cooperative. While there are notable cooperative firms located in several Italian regions, the ones in Alto Adige in general produce the highest quality wines.

Alto Adige whites have very good natural acidity and are delicious when paired with veal or chicken dishes. The reds are wide, ranging in style, with Pinot Nero heavenly paired with duck or hen, while Lagrein is best with roast meats. (Wine/Appellations)