Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 15: Castelrotto/Kastelruth — Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm

Stage 15Giro_2016_00-15 is a 10,8 km uphill individual time trial, average 8%, max 11%. This uphill time trials must be some of the hardest stages to ride.  It is not long. But to go all in for a 10,8 km climb, that is hard.


For a stage like this, I think the profile is more important than the map.


We are now in the region Trentino-Alto Adige. It can be divided into Trention (the southern part) and Alto Adige (the northern part. We are in an area where the languages are Italian, German and the lokal language Landin. The places usually have both Italian and German names. The German name of Alto Adige is Südtirol.

We have to go to Alto Adige to find wine. In fact, we have to go to the start over Tuesday’s stage, Bressanone. Alto Adige includes Alto Adige DOC and Valdadige DOC. And then there are subareas under Alto Adige DOC.

We will cover Alto Adige DOC today, and come back to the others on Tuesday.

Alto Adigo DOC has the form of an Y, and we start at the top right.

Alto Adige DOC covers many types of wine. They can be grouped intot three categories:

  1. Alto Adige Bianco,which is mainly made from Chardonnay, Piont bianco and Pinot grigio.
  2. Alto Adige with the type of grape added. 85% og the grape should be what is given on the label. It can be more than 20 different combinations.
  3. Alto Adige followed by the name of one of the subregions. We will come back to these wines on Tuesday.

Alto Adige Bianco is usually a fairly simple white wine. But it is alos used for some wines of higher quality, made with combination of grapes that cannot be added to the designation. Some examples are Elena Walch’s Beyond the Clouds, Hofstätter’s Barthena Vigna S Michele and San Michele Appioano’s passito Comtes Sant Valentin (maybe this is a wine to buy, and keep until February 14 2017?).

Alto Adige with the grape indicated, are usually the most interesing wines, particularly if they com from some of the designated sub areas. These wines count for 80% of the production, There are 12 white/green and 8 red/black/blue grapes used in varietal wines. In addition, one can blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Langrein, with the two dominating grapes given. Some of the grapes are native to the area.

Schiava is a white/green grape that used to be popular. But it is no longer dominating, and there are not much interesting wine produced from this grape.

Langrein is a local red/black/blue grape. Langrein can produce intersting wines, that can be stored for at least 6-7 years.

Traminer Aromatico.Many of us associate the grape Traminer, in the type Gewurtztraminer with Alsace. But it originates from here. It gives a fruity and very aromatic wine.

After this stage, it is a rest day. I think the riders dereve it. See you on Tuesday.

Italian Wines 2016

1890142174Italian Wines is published yearly by Gambero Rosso. This is a detailed guide to Italian Wines. 22 000 wines from 2 400 producers are listed in the book. If you want to fine the best wines from the various regions of Italy, this is your guide. This is a type of book I usually use when I am visiting producers, to find the producers to visit.

The book is available in a paper edition and a Kindle edition. One year, I bought the Kindle edition. But for this kind of book, I prefer the paper version. It is available from Amazon UK on paper and for Kindle. And from Amazon US in paperback and as Kindle edition.

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