Wine route(s)

Via Claudia Weinhändler

If you like, the Via Claudia Augusta has been a "wine route" for thousands of years, transporting wine and wine culture across Europe. The Via Claudia Augusta is not only a wine route, but several wine routes that can be discovered along the historic route. It is home to numerous indigenous wines and has countless traditional and innovative winegrowers. Below you will find the regions along the Via Claudia Augusta, their wine varieties and wines. 



Wein Nordtirol

We know that wine was also grown on a larger scale in North Tyrol, but that was a long time ago. Today, there are again isolated vineyards, especially in the Tyrolean Oberland, on the sunny slopes of the Via Claudia Augusta, in the Gurgltal and in the Inn Valley. Among these vineyards is also the highest winery in Austria. Higher differences between day and night temperatures are good for the quality of the wines found in North Tyrol. Wine connoisseurs are surprised at the high quality of some of the wines. The quantities are of course still manageable and you have to work hard to get hold of a bottle of wine from North Tyrol.

Trennlinie aus Weinflaschen

(Green Veltliner)
Müller Thurgau
Blauer Zweigelt

Regional winner (gold medal) at the award ceremony for the wines of the year of the Via Claudia Augusta "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelcium" in Augsburg: The Chardonnay from the "Weingut Zoller-Saumwald" from Haiming

Silver medals: Pinot Noir from the Tangl Winery in Tarrenz, Weißgipfler from the "Terra Austriacus Winery" in Prutz


Südtiroler Weinstraße

Wine is cultivated in all three South Tyrolean regions along the Via Claudia Augusta, in Vinschgau, in Merano and in South Tyrol's south with the provincial capital Bolzano. The trend is towards higher altitudes - due to the increasingly milder climate, but also because of the greater difference between day and night temperatures, which is conducive to the quality of some wines. In South Tyrol the Romans got to know the barrel. Until then they stored and transported the vine juice in amphorae. Three types of wine have their home in South Tyrol: Lagrein, Vernatsch and Gewürztraminer. In addition there are the leading varieties Blauburgunder, Weißburgunder and Sauvignon. By the way, the famous Kalterer See and St. Magdalener are pressed from the most cultivated grape variety Vernatsch. South Tyrol has a very high density of DOC and DOCG wines.


(Origin in the region)

The vine is a cross between Vernatsch and Teroldego and comes from South Tyrol, where it is also mainly cultivated. It was already mentioned in a Tramin document in 1379 and was probably the most common South Tyrolean wine variety until modern times. Rosè and red wines are produced from the grapes. Traditionally, red wines are called Lagrein Dunkel or scuro, rosè wines Lagrein Kretzer or Rosato. Today, an additive is often omitted. In general the Lagrein is strong, dark, rich in distinctive tannins and feels comfortable in wooden barrels.


Vernatsch / Schiava
(origin in the region)

The Vernatsch, in Württenmberg also Trollinger, Italian Schiava (skjawa), is today the most widespread wine in South Tyrol. The core growing areas are the Überetsch, St. Magdalena, the "Meraner Hügel" and the "Bozner Leiten". The wine with its pronounced fruit or almond aroma is world famous under the name Kalterer See, but also St. Magdalener.


(origin in the region)

It is not known for sure where the Gewürztraminer originally came from, possibly from southeastern Europe or even Egypt. The name comes from Tramin, where the grape has been cultivated since the 11th century. Depending on whether the berry colour is rather yellowish or light red to yellow-pink, a distinction is made between red and yellow Traminer. The Gewürztraminer is characterised by an intense flavour. Many people think of rose blossoms or lychee.


Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc originally comes from the French Burgundy and was already mentioned in the 14th century. The acidity of the full-bodied white wine is reminiscent of that of apples. The Pinot blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot bianco or Klevner, as it is also called, gains in quality over time. Long ripened Weißburguner reminds of fresh bread in taste.


Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the second most important quality white wine variety in the world. It is a cross between Traminer and Cenin Blanc and is originally from the French Loire Valley. The wine is characterised by its freshness and its aroma of St. John's and gooseberry. Sometimes it also reminds of the smell of freshly cut grass.


Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir is a worldwide spread high quality red wine variety, which is possibly already 2000 years old. The area between Lake Geneva and the Rhone Valley is considered its home. The full-bodied wine is deep ruby red to violet. It can be stored well, but likes to change its colour with time. In general the Pinot Noir is fruity. When young it sometimes reminds of blackberries. Elderly wines are reminiscent of nuts or almonds.

Lagrein DOC
St. Magdalener DOC
Kalterer See DOC
Gewürztraminer DOC

South Tyrolean Pinot Noir  DOC
South Tyrolean Cabernet Franc DOC
South Tyrolean Cabernet Sauvignon DOC
South Tyrolean Chardonnay DOC

South Tyrolean Gold Muscat DOC
South Tyrolean Pinot Grigio DOC
South Tyrolean Grey Vernatsch DOC
South Tyrolean Kerner DOC

South Tyrolean Malvasia DOC
South Tyrolean Merlot DOC
South Tyrolean Müller Thurgau DOC
South Tyrolean Riesling DOC

South Tyrolean Rosè Muscat DOC
South Tyrolean Sauvignon DOC
South Tyrolean Sylvaner DOC
South Tyrolean Pinot Blanc DOC

South Tyrolean Welschriesling DOC
Lagrein DOC
St. Magdalena DOC
Lake Caldaro DOC

Gewürztraminer DOC
South Tyrolean Pinot Noir  DOC

  • Regional winner (gold medal) at the award ceremony for the wines of the year of the Via Claudia Augusta "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelcium" in Augsburg: The Riesling from the "Himmelreichhof" vineyard in Castelbell (Vinschgau), the "Goldraut" Souvignier gris from the Zollweghof organic vineyard (Burggrafenamt) and the Goldmuskateller from the Castel Sallegg vineyard (Kaltern an der Weinstraße)
  • Silver medals: Ruländer and Pinot Noir from the "Köfelgut" estate of Martin Pohl (Castelbello); South Tyrolean Merlot Lagern DOC "Graf" 2015, South Tyrol Merano Vernasch DOC "Schickenburg" 2016 and Pinot Blanc DOC "Graf" 2016 from the Merano Winery; the Goldmuskateller DOC South Tyrol 2014 and the Cabernet Sauvignon DOC South Tyrol 2013 from the Ausserpfefferlehen Hof (Lana); the Cuvée Martha and St. Magdalener DOC 2016 from the Pitzner Winery of Markus and Thomas Puff (Karneid); the Gewürztraminer Rose from the Hofkellerei of Willi and Gerlinde Walch (Kaltern an der Weinstraße) and the South Tyrolean Chardonnay "Pichl" 2016 from the Kurtatsch Winery


Strada Vino Trentino

Like South Tyrol, Trentino is located in the mountainous northern part of Italy and has a high proportion of DOC and DOCG wines. Almost all Trentino's wine strongholds are located along the old Roman road, the Piana Rotaliana in the northern Trentino Adige Valley with Trento, the Val di Cembra in the Trentino Dolomites and the Vallagarina on the southern border with Veneto. In addition, there is the Valsugana Valley to the east, where more and more viticulture can be found. With the Teroldego, the Marzemino and the Nosiola, three grape varieties have their origin in Trentino. The Val di Cembra is the wine region with the most hectares of the German variety Müller-Thurgau. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Merlot are also common.


(origin in the region)


(origin in the region)


(origin in the region)


Pinot Grigio




Müller Thurgau



Trentino blanc DOC with a minimum of 80 % Chardonnay and/or Pinot bianco and a maximum of 20 % Sauvignon Blanc, Müller Thurgau or Manzoni Bianco
Trentino red DOC from Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Carmenère, individually or jointly, and Merlot
Trentino Kretzer or Trentino rosè DOC from Enantio and/or Vernasch and/or Teroldego and/or Lagers, at least in pairs, each in a proportion not exceeding 70
Trentino Chardonnay DOC

Trentino Gold Muscatel DOC
Trentino Müller Thurgau DOC
Trentino Nosiola DOC
Trentino Pinot Blanc DOC

Trentino Pinot grigio DO
Trentino Riesling DOC
Trentino Sauvignon Blanc DOC
Trentino Gewürztraminer DOD

Trentino Rose Muscat DOC
Trentino Cabernet DOC
(Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Carmenére)
Trentino Cabernet Franc DOC
Trentino Cabernet Sauvignon DOC

Trentino Lagrein DOC
Trentino Marzemino DOC
Trentino Merlot DOC
Trentino Pinot nero DOC

Trentino Rebo DOC

  • Regional winner (gold medal) at the award ceremony for the wines of the year of the Via Claudia Augusta "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelcium" in Augsburg: The Müller Thurgau from the La-vis winery (Piana Rotaliana), the Müller Thurgau from the Cembra Berg winery (Val di Cembra), the Rebo from the "Rore" estate of Franco Ferrai (Valsugna) and the Sauvignon Blanc from the Borgo dei Posseri estate (Terra dei Forti)
  • Silver medals: The Pinot Gris from the Roverè della Luna winery cooperative; the Pinot Noir from the Barone a Prato estate and the Spumante 3. 3 from the Pelz winery of the Pelz brothers in the Val di Cembra; the Pinot Noir Vigna Cantanghel Trentino Doc 2012 from the Cantanghel winery (Civezzano), the Müller Thurgau "Laetitia 2016" and the Chardonnay "Fides 2016" from the Romanese winery (Levico Terme), the Chardonnay 2016 and the Pinot Nero 2015 from the Terre del Lagorai winery (Borgo Valsugana) Müller Thurgau and Merlot from Borgo dei Posseri (Ala), Lagrein Trentino dop "Terra di San Mauro", Spumante Bianco Trento doc "Modus", Müller Thurgau BIO Trentino dop "Pendici del Baldo" and Bianco Trentino dop "Serico" from the Mori Colli Zugna winery cooperative


Strada Del Prosecco

("Altinate" is the name of the axis via Feltre to Altino near Venice, the ancient predecessor of the lagoon city)

The Veneto is one of the three regions of Italy where most wine is grown. Quality is also very important. The Veneto region alone represents a quarter of all DOC and DOCG wines. The best known and most important wine-growing areas along the Via Claudia Augusta "Altinate" are the Prosecco area before the foothills of the Alps, the wine regions along the river Piave and around the lagoon of Veneto. In addition, more and more wine is also found in the more mountainous areas - in the Valsugana, Feltrino and Valbelluna - in line with the trend towards higher altitudes. The Prosecco grape or Glera, as it is increasingly called today, dates back to Roman times. Other characteristic varieties are Carmenère, Raboso Piave, Manzoni Bianco, Verduzzo Trevigiano and Clinton.

Altinate 2

Glera / Prosecco




Raboso Piave


Manzoni Bianco


Verduzzo Trevigiano




Prosecco DOC
Colli Asolani Prosecco DOCG
Asolo Prosecco DOCG
Colli di Conegliano DOCG

Montello e Colli Asolani DOC
Montello e Colli Asolani DOCG
Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG
Piave DOCG, Piave DOC

Refrontolo passito DOC
Raboso DOC
Verduzzo DOC

  • Regional winner (gold medal) at the award ceremony for the wines of the year of the Via Claudia Augusta "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelcium" in Augsburg: The Granpasso Vino rosso IGT vigneti delle Dolomiti from the Pian Delle Vette winery (Feltre), the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry from the Sorelle Bronca winery and the Raboso from the Castello di Roncade winery
  • Silver medals: The "Sirocol" Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Extra Dry from the Ca`Salina Winery; the Asolo Prosecco Superiore from the Villa Sandi Winery; the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore from the Riva dei Frati Winery and the Manzoni Bianco from the Castello di Roncade Winery



("Padana" is the name of the axis via Verona to Ostiglia on the Po, which flows through the Padana plain)

The Veneto is one of the three wine-richest regions of Italy. A quarter of all DOC and DOCG wines come from there. With the Adige Valley, the mountains on Lake Garda, the embattled border region of Terra dei Forti, the Valpolicella and the Po Valley, several of the most important and well-known wine-growing areas of the Veneto are located along the Via Claudia Augusta. With the "Rhaetica" even a grape variety has been handed down, which was already spread in the area of Verona 2000 years ago. The well-known wines of the area are to a large extent Cuvées. Characteristic wine varieties (from north to south) are Enantio, Bardolino, Molinara, Rondinella, Corvina Veronese, Garganega or Trebbianello.









Corvina Veronese





Valadige DOC
Bardolino DOC
Bardolino Superiore DOCG
Bardolino Superiore classico DOCG

Garda DOC
Lugana DOC
Valpolicella DOC
Recioto of the Valpolicella DOCG

Recioto della Valpolicella DOC
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Bianco di Costoza DOC

Regional winner (gold medal) at the awarding of the wines of the year of the Via Claudia Augusta "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelcium" in Augsburg: The "Casetta Est IGT 2015" of the Liviana Falconi winery

Silver medals: The Bardolino DOC Classico from the Bigagnoli Winery (Garda); the Soy Tonda from the Albino Armani Winery (Dolcè); the Valpolicella Classico from the Montecariano Winery and the Ripasso from the Cubi Valentina Winery (Valpolicella); the Lambrusco Mingo (Lambrusco Provincia di Mantova i. g.p.) and Rosato (Lambrusco Provincia di Mantova i.g.p. rosato) from the Davis Testoni winery (Ostiglia)

Wines from the Lombard part of the Via Claudia Augusta

Lambrusco Vigneto

Ostiglia and 4 other municipalities in the region of Lombardy, on the river Po, form one of the two southernmost areas of the Via Claudia Augusta. The "Padana" (Po plain) is the most fertile area in Italy and it is also one of the richest in wine. The Romans already knew how to use it. The most famous grape variety and wine variety of the Lombardy part of the Po Valley are the Lambrusco grape and the Lambrusco wine, respectively, whose origins date back to Roman times.



Lambrusco Mantovano DOC

Silver medal at the "Vinum Anni 2017 Augusta Vindelicum" Via Claudia Augusta Wine of the Year Awards: Rosato (Lambrusco Provincia di Mantova i.g.p. rosato) from the Davis Testoni winery (Ostiglia)

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