Trentino-Alto Adige The Dolomite mountain range defines this unique province that borders Germany and Austria. Although most people speak Italian, the first choice language is German and the food follows suit. Producers have ramped up the quality of their peculiar wines that are quite different than others in Italy. Near Bolzano the signature red is Lagrein, a varietal that developed there from the cold, snow-driven winters. Further south, the Trento area has the Terodelgo grape which develops into a lively red wine, The whites are particularly interesting, and they include Pinot Bianco, Traminer, Silvaner, and Muller Thurgau.
- Josef Niedermayr
The Niedermayr family started its wine business in Cornaiano near Bolzano in 1872. Historically, they are part of the first wave of wine producers to appear in Alto Adige in the 19th century, and their museum attests to their prominent place in wine history. They initially became one of the top volume producers in that area until recently when they remodeled the cantina to streamline their production. The Lagrein from the prestigious Gries area has beautiful balance and structure, while the Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner whites reflect the local terroir.