ALTO ADIGE DOC PINOT GRIGIO, white wine from Alto Adige (Süd-Tirol) in northern Italy (see Alto Adige DOC) made from a minimum 85% Pinot Grigio. It can be made as a ‘passito’ or ‘vendemmia tardiva’ or ‘riserva’. The grape is also known as Ruländer or Grauburgunder, was the most cultivated white wine variety in Alto Adige/Südtirol in 2018 (see below). It is found mainly in Bassa Atesina and Oltradige.

Vineyard area | 2018 629ha.

Wine style | Pinot Grigio is a medium-bodied white wine with warm, flowery aromas resembling ripe apples, pears, quince or linden blossoms. Slim, fresh wines from the Val Venosta. Has a mineral quality in the Adige Valley. Richer versions from Bolzano and the Oltradige.


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