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South Tyrol is probably the only wine-growing region in the world in which the cooperatives and wineries not only produce the most significant quantities, but are also at least among the leaders in terms of quality. With a few exceptions, the best wineries have also long been large enterprises with some market significance and often a worldwide reputation. In general, the number of wine producers one had to know was very manageable if one wanted to know about the state of qualitatively interesting wine production in South Tyrol.
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That is changing. Although the status of the leading wineries and vineyards remains unchanged, the number of ambitious small wine producers is growing so fast that wine lovers with a passion for South Tyrol are having trouble keeping track.

This can only be a win-win situation for everyone involved. Because with the newfound diversity, it is not only the range that is growing. The small wineries also seem to see themselves as a playground for innovation and experimentation. New cultivation and growing methods, styles hitherto unknown in the region, fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWIs) or even new marketing concepts: almost everywhere, small, often still young wineries are taking on a pioneering role. It is only logical that this commitment can initially be accompanied by qualitative fluctuations, but the majority of South Tyrol's new wines clearly enrich the range and make the wine country even more exciting than before. And in the end, the established producers also benefit from this. If they are clever, and we can assume they are, even several times over.

All those interested in South Tyrol should take a look at Roland Brunner's series of articles, in which the little-known wineries are also presented in detail.

We have tasted almost 400 South Tyrolean wines in the past months, of which we can only present the best here for the sake of clarity. We therefore recommend that you also use the links to all the wines with detailed tasting notes and their producers at the end of the lists. We have already presented the Pinot Noir / Pinot Nero of South Tyrol here: Die ungleichen Brüder - Pinot Noir aus deuschsprachigen Anbaugebieten published.

In FocusSouth Tyrol Sauvignon

In FocusSouth Tyrol Pinot Blanc

In FocusSouth Tyrol Pinot Gris