A tale of wines
Cellars and other special places for unique tasting experiences
AUTUMN 2019 – Stepping into a wine cellar is always a fascinating experience, with that unmistakable aroma of fermented grapes, cool stone and aged wood. It’s a further pleasure to hear a description of the wine you are about to try straight from the mouths of the winemakers, those who have toiled for months to create this quality product. These little tasting rituals add something extra to the wine you are about to taste.
You can savour this experience in many places in Trentino. Distillers and winemakers alike no longer limit themselves to having you try their products, they’ve gone a step further, offering unique experiences which combine tasting with the pleasure of hearing the story behind a glass of wine.
There are the “caneve” (dialect for “cellars”) of the Val di Cembra where, accompanied by the locals you can visit their ancient vaulted wine cellars. You can also try out some of the more innovative cellars where wine-production takes place alongside the pressing of olives for the production of Garda’s high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
These are just some of the suggestions we have for you this autumn!
Caneve en festa, Val di Cembra
For one day only, on October 19th, the inhabitants of the Val di Cembra open the doors to their cellars and welcome you to taste their wine, spumantes, craft beers and grappas. All this is accompanied by an abundant selection of traditional specialities such as “carne salada” meat, potato cakes, speck ham, fried “strauben” pastries and much more besides.
The Madonna delle Vittorie Cellar, Garda Trentino
Oil and wine for a taste of the Mediterranean. This autumn, the Madonna delle Vittorie opens its doors to its wine cellar and oil-press. Listen to the tales and taste the wines, fine olive oils and perhaps even try their unique cocktail prepared with grappa!
Distillery Villa de Varda, Piana Rotaliana
Tradition and passion: Grappa! In the historic distillery of Villa de Varda you can observe the ageing process alongside a wine expert. The tour ends with the tasting of grappas and other distillates and a visit to the “Cose di Casa” (Household Things) museum with its collection of over 1,600 pieces that recount the history of the distillery.
The Pedrotti Spumanti cellar, Vallagarina
Trentodoc sparkling wine in a cave. Not far from Rovereto, the Pedrotti Spumanti cellar has been in production for several generations: here the prestigious Trentodoc spumantes are produced and you’ll hear all about the aging process in the surrounding caverns before toasting with a glass of bubbly.
Lucia Maria Melchiori, Val di Non
Beer and cider at Lucia Maria’s. In the valley of apples, here’s a business that has rediscovered the art of brewing cider, a sweet and low-alcoholic beverage obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. You can try it at the end of a guided tour, together with other products, such as apple cider vinegar or the fantastic craft beer.