Making wine comes naturally to Trentino. We’ve been at it since 3000BC

But it’s not just geography and climate that matters: ambition and a willingness to experiment are important too

In Trentino, climate, soil and terrain have combined to create one of the great wine-growing regions of Europe. Centuries of wine-making tradition are reflected in the fact we have three of our own indigenous grape varieties, and we’re not short of modern ambition, either.

Our Trentodoc Spumante was the first metodo classico sparkling wine outside Champagne to win D.O.C status - and comes festooned with international awards.

Nosiola, Marzemino and Teroldego are our native grapes, but others love it here, too. Müller-Thurgau, for example, is producing spectacular results on the steep-sided hills of the Val di Cembra, thanks to the area’s hot days, cool nights and well-drained soils.
Meanwhile, the thriving Chardonnay vineyards around Trento are contributing to the runaway success of our metodo classico sparkling wine.

Not surprisingly, these wines feature heavily in the cellars of local restaurants, and you can visit many of the bigger wineries for tours, too (call first to check on visiting hours). But for the quickest introduction to Trentino’s 500 D.O.C. wines, a tour of the Palazzo Roccabruna in Trento is a must. Here, the sommeliers of the Enoteca Provinciale run regular tasting nights, which will guide you to our best wine-makers and vintages.

Trentodoc: spumante metodo classico

Giulio Ferrari started the revolution. He realized growing conditions in Trentino are very similar to those in Champagne, and set about making his own sparkling wine to rival it. In 1993 it achieved D.O.C status, the first sparkling wine outside Champagne to do so.

Müller Thurgau

The Müller-Thurgau grape loves the Valle di Cembra, and in recent years the valley has become a prize-winning producer of its white wines. Try to visit during the annual Rassegna dei Müller-Thurgau dell'Arco Alpino; a summer festival devoted to the grape.

Teroldego Rotaliano DOC

With its ruby-red colour and its intense fruity aroma, Teroldego has been considered the “prince” of Trentino’ wines since the 16th century. It’s a native species – distantly related to the syrah grape – and likes the soils and climate of the Piana Rotaliana best.

Marzemino

This famous grape is another of our locals, and the plummy red wine it makes was clearly one of Mozart’s favourites – it’s name-checked Don Giovanni. It thrives in the volcanic soils of Vallagarina, expecially around Isera and Volano.

Trentino Grappa 

It’s made from the skins and seeds of grapes after they’ve been squeezed to make wine: so it’s no wonder Trentino has a long tradition of distilling grappa. Since 1960 the Istituto Tutela Grappa del Trentino has guaranteed its purity and quality.

Nosiola and Vino Santo

Nosiola is the most famous of our white wine grapes, and has made the Valle dei Laghi its stronghold. After the harvest, some of the grapes are dried in Lake Garda’s warm breezes and then used to make sweet Vino Santo, which is traditionally served at Easter.

Palazzo Roccabruna

  The Palazzo Roccabruna in Trento is home to our Wine Promotion Board, and its enoteca hosts wine tastings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If you want to know more about our 500 D.O.C wines, this is the place to start.