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Alto Adige

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Visit to Abbazia di Novacella

This winery originated as an abbey dating back to 1142, a period in which the Blessed Artmanno, bishop of Bressanone, decided to erect a monastery in Neustift. Since the founding of the Abbey offered hospitality to the pilgrims going to Rome or the Holy Land. Thanks to the convent school and the deep interest in science […]



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Visit to J. Hofstatter in #AltoAdige

Okay, so the first thing that happens after arriving at the J. Hofstatter winery in #AltoAdige is that we are hustled into the back of a military sort of truck and brought up to a cliff in the Kolbenhof vineyard located above Tramin. It’s a well groomed spot with neatly planted grass and even some art […]



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Visit to St. Michael Eppan Cooperative in #AltoAdige

This sleek, modern looking winery offers a gorgeous, modern tasting room and a wealth of information about the terroir where its 350 members grow grapes on 390 hectares. St. Michael-Eppan Winery has been enthroned in the center of South Tyrol’s most important wine-growing community for over a century. For more than two thousand years, wines […]



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Visit to Cantina Bolzano in #AltoAdige

“Welcome,” says Patrizia Sparer, an intelligent looking young woman who’s father is the managing director of the Cantina Bolzano cooperative, which combines 320 hectares of Bolzano’s best vineyards at between 240 and 800m above sea level. One of South Tyrol’s most traditional wines, the S. Maddalena, thrives on the loose, sandy, well-ventilated soil on the […]



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Visit to Nals Margreid

“Hello,” says  Gottfried Pollinger, managing director for the cooperative Nals Margreid in Alto Adige. He’s a neat, compact man with what appears to be a wry sense of humor and is very precise in manner and speech. Today he wears what looks like some sort of red velvet or soft-textured pants, a checked shirt, and […]



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Visit to Wine Estate Unterortl Castel Juval #altoadige #mastersofwine

Ah, the Sudtyrol! Easy to imagine winemakers yodeling in the Alps … and as you can see from this picture, the region is incredibly scenic. Yet here’s the important question.  How often have you enjoyed the opportunity of sipping a glass of wine in the very vineyard where the grapes grew? We are here in […]



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Visit to Laimburg Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry #AltoAdige

The @MastersofWine trip to the Laimburg Research institute in Alto Adige kicked off the trip in a major way, mostly due to the excellent presentation made by Dr. Heike Platter of the institute, whose father was a pioneer here when it opened doors in 1975. Until the 1970s, Trentino-Alto Adige was one autonomous region, now […]



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Wine Pairing with MWs at Seehofkeller restaurant #Alto Adige

“Wow, dinner in a cave!” I thought, entering the Seehofkeller restaurant in Alto Adige, a very chic, trendy restaurant that is “old world” and “new world” at the same time. Designed to resemble an old world wine cave, this gorgeous space was  originally a farmer’s house. Enter the restaurant and you see groups of friends […]



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Next Week: Off to Alto Adige!

So I am VERY excited to be visiting Alto Adige next week … I visited nearby Trentino a few years ago, which produces very high quality sparkling wine and am now eager to experience the still wines of Alto Adige. Though the region produces less than one percent of the country’s wine, the quality is […]



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Alto Adige Wines Master Class

Recently back from a trip to Alto Adige, Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth. lead a tasting and seminar of the wines of Italy’s most northern region. It was an interesting seminar … the focus was on the multitude of varieties grown and unique microclimates within the region. I was in Trentino a few months back … […]



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Distinctive White Wines of Alto Adige

"You need a valet!" remarked a trio of friends from Manhattan’s Wine Media Guild on a very cloudy and rainy March 10th, as I stepped into the Metropolitan space on 18th street. I had come from several appointments and among the several books, bags, ipad, and set of glasses from my morning tasting glass were […]