Alto Adige

/AHL-toh AH-dee-jeh/

A valley in north eastern Tyrol around Bolzano, which exports to Austria a large quantity of good wines, both red and white. It is a DOC region for 16 wines, all named after the variety of grape from which they are made and usually labelled in both Italian and German. The grapes include Schiava and Lagrein that are native species, Pinot Nero, Merlot and Cabernet for the red wines with Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco, Müller-Thurgau and Traminer. The cuisine is influenced by Austria and includes dumplings and cabbage and sauerkraut dishes, soured cream (US: cultured sour cream), charcuterie and smoked bacon.



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