Skiers visiting the #dolomites are particularly happy this year. Snow is abundant and the weather on weekends rather merciful so far, with plenty of sunny days. On cold evenings, skiers are even happier when sipping a glass of local #Wine before a warm fire.
As Jancis Robinson recalls about this land: “Alto Adige, however, is a distinctive environment - not just because it is known as the South Tyrol, or Südtirol (German is the first language of many inhabitants here and most towns have both a German and an Italian name) but also because of the contrast between the warm summers and cold winters of vineyards grafted on to the Dolomite foothills”.
Owing to these climatic and morphological features, the region of Alto Adige can boast an important winemaking tradition. Unsurprisingly, the global reputation of its wines has grown even further more in recent years.
Among the elite of local producers, Terlano is an extremely renowned brand. Focusing on long-living wines, Terlano is well-known for producing exquisite whites that outlast the decades. “The strength and flavour of our wines owe to the land where they are produced” says Klaus Gasser of the Terlano Winery. “Our vineyards lie above red porphyry rocks of volcanic origins. Furthermore, we carefully manage the vineyards by requiring low yields per vine and select only heathy and fully mature grapes for our wines”.
One of the best wines made by the winery is probably the Terlaner Classico. A composition of Terlano’s three most traditional white varieties - which are Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon - Terlaner Classico is an extremely sophisticated #Wine. Pinot Bianco makes this wine fresh and solid, Chardonnay delivers a pleasing warmth and light sweetness while Sauvignon adds the final aromatic touch. Terlaner Classico pairs perfectly with typical Italian dishes such as pizza and pasta, parmesan and fresh pecorino; of course, it can also accompany South Tyrolean recipes such as bacon dumplings or sausages with sauerkraut. We cannot help to remember that Terlaner Classico can be found on the #Libiamo Wines online store.
It is not the end, yet.Trentino Alto Adige is also capable of expressing outstanding red wines. Lagrein is a 100% indigenous wine. It used to be considered slightly too bitter, “but in recent years its bitterness has been softened by careful winemaking, often barrique ageing” recalls Jancis Robinson.
A great example of Langrein is the 'Rubeno' produced by Cantina Andriano. This wine is silky, holds a medium body and has a persistent finish. We suggest to try this Lagrein with salami, speck, seasoned cheeses and with 'Canederli' pasta.
So…it’s time for a trip to Alto Adige. #Libiamo!