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The northern area of the Italian double region Trentino-Alto Adige; the southern area is Trentino, The Italian name is Alto Adige. It corresponds geographically to the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italian Bolzano). The Rhaeto Romans put here already 1,000 BC. BC the first vineyards, South Tyrol is one of the oldest German-speaking wine regions. Here the Romans of the Celts learned the use of wooden wine barrels for storage and transportation. In the Middle Ages, viticulture reached its peak. The German emperors, who moved to Rome for their coronation, got to know and appreciate the South Tyrolean wine on their travels. A decline took place from the end of the 19th century as in many other wine regions phylloxera and mildew, Due to the connection of South Tyrol to Italy after the First World War in 1919, the northern sales markets were lost. After the quality losses in the 1980s through marketing of mass wines There was again the connection to top qualities.
The vineyards cover 5,500 hectares of vineyards. They are mainly in 500 to 1,000 meters above sea level on the hillside and hillside in the Adige Valley (Valdadige) between Merano (Merano) and Salurn (Salorno) and in the Eisacktal between Bolzano (Bolzano) and Bressanone (Bressanone), with smaller acreages in Vinschgau , formerly also Vintschgau (Valle Venosta). At the bottom of the valley are only the Lagrein area of Gries (San Quierino) and the white wine area of Salurn. In the Adige Valley, most of the soils consist of gravel alluvial gravel, on the slopes of weathered boulders with high lime content. There is a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters with relatively large temperature fluctuations. There are two DOC areas:
Kalterersee- Lake Caldaro (also Caldaro) The DOC area includes the lying around the eponymous Kalterersee communities, with some places from the area Trentino this includes.
South Tyrol (also South Tyrol) - Alto Adige (also dell'Alto Adige) The DOC area covers the entire region of South Tyrol. There are also six sub-zones that may be listed on the label in German and / or Italian: