Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2013
About the Region
The German-speaking part of Italy (once part of Austria), the region known as Trentino-Alto Adige — or Südtirol — produces white wines of high quality, from grapes including pinot grigio (the region is home to the ubiquitous Santa Margherita bottling of that grape), chardonnay, riesling, sylvaner, müller-thurgau, and gewürztraminer (named in part for the Südtirol village of Tramin). These wines tend to be bright, clean, and pleasantly acidic, with plenty of fruit. Red wines are generally less distinguished, but some interesting and unusual ones are made from varieties all but unknown in other parts of Italy, like largein, schiava (called trollinger in Germany), and teroldego rotaliano, as well as more familiar cultivars such as cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. There is also good sparkling wine produced by traditional methods in the region, some of it based on chardonnay. The vineyards of the Südtirol are some of the most precipitous, and beautifully situated, in Europe.