The province of Bolzano can boast that it possesses one of the most ancient winemaking traditions in Europe. It enjoys a privileged position, climatically and geologically, that has always favored the cultivation of white and red grapes of the finest quality.
Alto Adige grape-growing and winemaking is distinctive because of the rich series of wines the region produces. In the province of Bolzano, in fact, nearly all of the premium European grapes are cultivated, in addition to the native varieties of Traminer, Lagrein and Schiava.
The Alto Adige leads the rest of the country in percentage of DOC as opposed to ordinary wines. More than 95 per cent of the whole area cultivated in vines is in fact subject to DOC regulations. Despite that fact, no more than two-thirds of the Alto Adige wines going to the market are Denominazione di Origine Controllata products because of the careful selection that the local wineries insist upon.