St. Michael-Eppan

Pinot Grigio – 2019

Region: Italy - Alto Adige

St. Michael-Eppan

The innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The “Sanct Valentin“ label alone is enough to thrill wine lovers and connoisseurs.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Pinot Grigio, originating from Burgundy, loves not only the climate in South Tyrol, but also the soil conditions. It has found a second homeland here, and has become the most widely planted grape variety.

  • Vine Age: 5 – 35 years
  • Vineyards: various vineyards in Appiano and Caldaro
  • Altitude: 400 – 500 meters
  • Exposure: Southeast, Southwest
  • Soils: Calcareous, pebbly
  • Vine Training System:  Guyot
  • Yield:  70 hl/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested mid- to end-September
  • Berry sorting by hand
  • Fermentation in stainless steel tanks
  • Partial malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Winemaker's Notes

Straw yellow with a slight green shimmer. Fruity aromas of pear and apple develop and continue on the tongue. This Pinot Bianco is soft, refined and elegant. Appreciate its freshness, nice acidity and pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

Pair this uncomplicated aperitif with baked curd praline on tomato carpaccio – or drink on its own, at parties and on the patio.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Grigio; alcohol: 13.5%; vineyards in Appiano and Caldaro municipalities; altitude: 400 -500 meters; soils calcareous and pebbly; vines between 5 – 35 yrs old; hand harvested and berry sorting by hand in mid-late September; fermented in stainless steel tanks; partial malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Grigio grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.37
  • Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/l

Reviews

92 Points

A lovely pinot grigio with pear, apple-skin, some crushed-stone and lemon undertones. It’s full-bodied and very flavorful. Real pinot grigio. Drink and enjoy.

jamessuckling.com, March, 2021

90 Points

It’s all about sharpness and focus here, the exact qualities you look for in wines from this altitude and the reflective light of the snow-capped Italian Dolomites. The San Michele Appiano 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is indeed luminous and bright, with lasting zest and appeal. The variety performs with almost spicy intensity, showing grapefruit, crushed stone and bitter almond. Try this versatile white with fried zucchini and shrimp with salt and lemon juice. 2020 – 2022

© Wine Advocate, September, 2020

General Info

Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Appellation(s) Alto Adige
Proprietors 350 growers
Founded 1907
Winemaker Hans Terzer
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic