Wine & South Tyrol
A small country, thinking big
South Tyrol is a relatively small wine-growing country and yet it has all the unique variety and distinctiveness to make wines big and popular. On a 5,300 hectare (about 13,100 acre) wine-growing area South Tyrol boasts about 20 different varieties of vines and produces around 350,000 hectolitres of wine.
The white grape varieties cover over 55 percent of the South Tyrolean vineyard acreage and are turned into the finest wines. Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Weißburgunder (Pinot Bianco) and Chardonnay rank highest in terms of volume and are still rising in popularity. However, Sauvignon, Müller Thurgau, Sylvaner, Kerner, Riesling and Veltliner have their aficionados and growing areas in South Tyrol as well.
In addition to its two indigenous red grape varieties Vernatsch (Schiava) and Lagrein, South Tyrol has been home to other important classic reds such as Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for long over a century. They all thrive very well in this climate.