About Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol
Alto Adige is a prime source for excellent white wines from both native and international grapes. Because this region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1917, you will find many Germanic grape varieties here, such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Alto Adige's Sauvignons and Pinot Grigios can be world-class, but its Chardonnays, as elsewhere in Italy, are generally less distinctive. Friuli-Venezia-Giulia produces very good Sauvignons, Pinot Grigios, and Pinot Biancos, as well as some delightful--and sometimes more serious--whites from native grapes like Ribolla, Malvasia, and Tocai.