Friday, April 11, 2014

First Alto Adige, now the Trentino wine region. Go to the Dolomites!

Earlier this week I covered wines from Alto Adige and now I'm going to talk briefly about some of the highlights of the Trentino wine region.

As discussed in the previous blog,Trentino has always had a large amount of cooperatives with MezzaCorona and Cavit being two of the more well known establishments that you can easily find here in the states, but independent wineries have been showing up on the scene changing the image.

Wine region of Trentino

With Alto Adige having German as the primary language despite it's location in Italy, Trentino mostly speaks Italian. You won't see as many german grape influences as in Alto Adige. Trentino produces mainly nosiola, pinot grigio and chardonnay for whites and reds that include teroldego, lagrein, marzemino, schiava, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The grapes grown in Alto Adige are on hillsides, with some steep slopes, where Trentino grapes are produced mostly on lowlands. This region of Italy is also known for sparkling wines from the Trento DOC and one of the most notable producers is Ferrari.

Now you have some baseline information on the Trentino-Alto Adige to get you started and as I taste wines from this region and continue to explore all regions of Italy further we will break down further some of the grapes and producers. In the meantime, if you explore any yourself let me know what you tried and what are your favorites if you are already familiar with this region.