Walled in by the Dolomite Alps, the Adige river valley is one of Italy's most visually stunning regions. The upper section around Bolzano, often seen on labels under its German name, Sudtirol, is the source of most of the region's best wines. Whites from Kerner, Pinot Bianco, Nosiola, and Gewurztraminer produced here can hold their own with the best in the world. Pinot Grigio and Muller Thurgau usually fill the role of cheap, bulk wines, but there are exceptions.
Reds make up a definite minority, but there are some excellent native varieties here, and the wines from them are getting better all the time. Schiava is as good an everyday, light bodied red as you could want, Lagrein is trickier but also great when made well, and Teroldego, which makes its home just south of the Alto Adige border in Trentino, has some international recognition as well.