On Wine: Home away from home: Germanic varieties thrive in Northern Italy’s Alto Adige region

On Wine: Home away from home: Germanic varieties thrive in Northern Italy’s Alto Adige region

Germany is renowned for the white wines made from its indigenous grape varieties, and yet in Italy’s northernmost region of Alto Adige, four of the six Germanic varieties grown there actually produce finer wines than in Germany.

Alto Adige was part of Austria until 1919; the region’s name previously was Südtirol, or South Tyrol. On the losing side of World War I, Austria was forced to cede South Tyrol to Italy. The residents of South Tyrol had the choice of relocating to Austria, but

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