KETTMEIR is one of those labels you can take to the bank if you love the crisp, dry, refreshing white wines of the Alto Adige, the mountainous region of northeast Italy also known as the Südtirol. Kettmeir has been around since 1919 and had the foresight to blend their old traditions with modern winemaking and marketing, including joining the Santa Margherita Wine Group in 1986 to boost their export presence. Kettmeir’s Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and Müller-Thurgau have that sturdy backbone of acidity, subtle richness and aromatics that are trademarks of white wines grown in cooler climates with wide-ranging daily temperature swings and sparse soils. The wines are widely available in Metro Detroit. The local distributor is Great Lakes Wine & Spirits.
Kettmeir Pinot Bianco Alto Adige/ Südtirol Italy DOC 2014, $20: Great acidity and tons of apple and citrus with an herbal note and delicate minerality set the stage for this crisp, dry white. Juicy acidity and fruit give it so much structure.
Kettmeir Müller Thurgau Alto Adige/Südtirol Italy DOC 2014, $20: This Riesling-like grape is vinified dry — not austere but certainly dry enough to make it ideal as a food wine with pork, veal or chicken. It has Riesling’s floral aromatics (honeysuckle) along with intense notes of apple and pear and finishes with a flourish of grapefruit and floral notes.
Kettmeir Pinot Grigio Alto Adige/Südtirol Italy DOC 2014, $20: A bright golden hue with tones of floral and citrus, along with signature pear/apple aromas define the classic style of Pinot Grigio from this alpine region.
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