Pinot Noir wine

Pinot Noir grapes in a vineyard of Peter Zemmer in Alto Adige DOC, Italy

Nevermind Burgundy. Pinot Noir wines from Italy – where it's known as Pinot Nero – are seriously stunning. Tricky to grow, but utterly delicious when mastered, Pinot Noir has a cult following around the world.

Italian Pinot Noir can be found in areas like Veneto, Lombardia and even Tuscany, but the very best examples come from Alto Adige DOC. Located in the foothills of the Alps, this German-speaking region of Italy is home to some of Europe's highest vineyards. Finicky Pinot Noir thrives in the cooler climate. It also benefits from the ripening effect of full sun during the day and the acid-preserving impact of the mountain breezes by night. The result is light red wines which are packed with zingy freshness.

What does Pinot Noir taste like? Young Alto Adige Pinot Noir has a delightfully refreshing flavour, dominated by fresh raspberries and mint. If allowed to age, mature vintages will have a complex taste with hints of dried cranberry and raspberry jam.

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