St. Michael-Eppan

Pinot Grigio – 2020

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.

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

To the eye, straw yellow color with slight green shimmer. A fruity aroma of pear and apple, which follows onto the palate. The wine is soft, refined and elegant. Savor the freshness, acidity and lingering aftertaste.

Pair this simple but flavorful Pinot Grigio with starters such as baked curd praline on tomato carpaccio. Or enjoy on its own at parties and 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 selection by hand in mid-late September; fermented in stainless steel tanks; partial malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Grigio grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.25
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l


91 Points

This generous pinot grigio is brimming with lemons and yellow apples and has bright acidity that enables it to carry the fullish body effortlessly. Long cool finish. Drink now., June, 2021

90 Points

With a lively freshness and an easy approach, serving up notes of citrus and lemongrass, the entry-level San Michele Appiano 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio may be that well-priced white you’re looking for to fuel an evening of raclette fondue on potatoes after a winter’s day of cross-country skiing or family tobogganing. This Dolomite staple is a standard and classic approach to the northern Italian workhorse grape. It’s easy-breezy, bring on the cheesy. 2021 – 2023

© Wine Advocate, September, 2021

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