Taste the difference

Climate, tradition, authenticity, rigour: these are just some of the reasons why Trentino’s produce is so varied, and delicious

It’s the variety that strikes you first. Organic fruit and veg, fine wines, craft beer, olive oil, pasta, fresh fish, venison, beef, and several unique kinds of cheese: we harvest or make them all in Trentino. 

Trentino is one of Europe’s natural frontiers, and its rich mix of traditions, terrain and microclimates explains the diversity of our food culture. There’s a modern rigour to what we do, too – establishing DOP status for many of our products, controlling quality, and ensuring both the purity and authenticity of the raw ingredients. As a result, you’ll find every valley and lake shore has its signature products, and its food heroes, too – whether they’re artisan cheesemakers, or bigger companies committed to serving international markets.

Of course, none of this would matter if our food, wine and beer didn’t taste good. But it does. So make sure eat local when you get here: sampling the produce that comes from your immediate surroundings, and tasting the mountains as well as walking, biking and climbing them.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Garda Trentino

Lake Garda’s balmy microclimate creates an exquisite and very particular kind of olive oil, which is fruity, light and brilliantly green. To earn its DOP status, 80% of its olives must come from the Casaliva, Frantoio, Pendolino, and Leccino varieties.

Trentino’s cheese

 Our mountain dairies make a mouthwatering range of cheeses. Much of it is made with hay-milk, produced by cows fed exclusively on grass or hay, and it contains only milk, rennet and salt. Among the cheeses to try are Puzzone di Moena, Vezzena and Trentingrana DOP.

​Cured meat and cold cuts

Everyone from small artisan butchers to the big producers is involved in the making of cured meats in Trentino. The results are delicious, and no mountain lunch is complete without a plate of mortandella, ciuiga sausage and carne salada.

Berries from Sant’Orsola

Based in Pergine Valsugana, the Sant’Orsola lab has grown from a small collective of farmers, to become a major force in European fruit production. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, and cherries, are all part of the mix 

Val di Gresta’s organic vegetables

The Val di Gresta is the home of Trentino’s organic vegetable gardens. Wide terracing, rich soils and a favourable climate provide a natural forcing house for potatoes, carrots, cabbages and many other delicious vegetables 

Trout and char

Our rivers and lakes are teeming with fish and they add much-loved variety to Trentino’s cuisine. They’re never better than when eaten fresh: but there are strong traditions of smoking and curing in the region, too - using painstaking artisan methods.