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Trentino – Alto Adige
Grape Varieties

White

Bianchetta Trevigiana:

Grown exclusively in Trentino - Alto Adige region.

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Chardonnay:

This Burgundy variety is so versatile and commercially viable at the same time, that it was widely introduced throughout Italy after the phylloxera annihilated most Italian vineyards at the end of the nineteenth century. Produced in many flavors all over the country.

Kerner:

In Italian incrocio mean cross. This is a cross of Schiava and Riesling.

Malvasia:

Thought to be of Greek origin, Malvasia is among the most cultivated grapes in Italy. It comes in many varieties.

Moscatello:

Also known as Muscatel, it is a large-berried variety of Moscato.

Moscato Bianco:

Italian name for the French Muscat Blanc à Petit Grain, The oldest known variety of Muscat. It is the most planted and most appreciated among the widely cultivated Moscato varieties grown in Italy. It is also known as Moscato Canelli.

Müller-Thurgau:

German cross of Riesling and Sylvaner, at its best high in the Trentino Alps.

Nosiola:

A native grape of Trentino is made into highly-acidic distinctive dry whites.

Pinot Bianco:

The Italian version of the French Pinot Blanc, this grape has been planted in Italy since the early 1800s. Arguably, the best variety is the Friuli-Venezia Giulia one also known as Weissburgunder.

Pinot Grigio:

Known in French as Pinot Gris, this is an extremely productive grape with highly variable characteristics.

Riesling:

Also known as Riesling Renano.

Riesling Italico:

The lesser of the two varieties found in Italy, it is not considered related to the German Riesling. Used in some interestingly aromatic whites.

Riesling Renano:

Italian for Rhine (Renano) or Johannisberg Riesling. In Italy it is vinified into a drier, crisper style compared to the German versions. Also known as Riesling.

Sauvignon:

Homonym of the French Sauvignon Blanc, it is made into a number of varieties throughout Italy.

Sòmillon:

Though not widely used, it makes interesting blends when mixed with Sauvignon.

Sylvaner Verde:

Originally from Alsace, this rich and aromatic grape is used in white blends, especially in Alto Adige's Val d'Isarco.

Traminer:

Probably native of the Termeno (Tremin in German) from where it is believed to get its name, the Traminer is considered the originator of the more famous and widespread Gewürztraminer. The Italian Traminer is generally less aromatic than Gewürztraminer.

Traminer Aromatico:

Italian name for Gewürztraminer (gewürz means spicy in German). As the name suggests, it is a more aromatic grape than the regular Traminer.

Trebbiano:

Known in France as Ugni Blanc, Trebbiano represents the largest family of Italian white grapes and counts a large number of variations throughout Italy. It is an extremely productive grape used to produce generally light, pale white wines. Its origins are widely debated.

Trebbiano Toscano:

A Tuscan sub-variety of Trebbiano, it is by far the most cultivated of the family. It is used in countless blends throughout Italy, especially in Tuscany.

Veltliner:

A grape of Austrian origin, is occasionally used in blends especially in the Alto Adige area.

Voigner:

An aromatic and plump French grape that is gaining popularity in Italy.

Red

Aleatico:

Grown all over Italy, this unusual red is suspected to be a mutation of Moscato or Muscat. It is used to make sweet and perfumed reds in Tuscany, Lazio and Apulia among other regions.

Cabernet Franc:

French varietal widely grown in all regions, but especially in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Produces very characteristic reds.

Cabernet Sauvignon:

Originally from France, this grape is widely grown all over Italy and has become the base for some of the most appreciated and expensive Italian red wines. Similar to other original French grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it was widely planted throughout Italy after phylloxera wiped out most of northern Italy's vineyards at the end of the nineteenth century.

Gamay:

Grown widely throughout Italy, it is vinified as Colli del Trasimeno DOC varietal in Umbria.

Lagrein:

A very distinctive, native Bolzano red with strong herbaceous undertones, it is used in dunkel (red) and aromatic kretzner (rosé) wines.

Lambrusco:

Ancient grape, the Lambrusco is believed to be a wild native grape (vitis silvestris in Latin) first domesticated by the Etruscans in pre-Roman times. Counts on a number of sub-varieties mostly in the Emilia - Romagna region, its main growing area. It makes a frizzante, or sparkling, red wine that is little known abroad. The dry variety produced in the Modena and Reggio Emilia provinces are perfect complements to the zesty and hearty local cuisine.

Lambrusco a Foglia Frastagliata:

Sub-variety of Lambrusco found in Trentino.

Lambrusco Marani:

Sub-variety of Lambrusco

Malbech:

Also known as Malbec, it is a tannic, dark red Bordeaux variety used to beef up blends.

Malvasia Rosa:

Rare sub-variety of Malvasia

Marzemino:

There are two theories of the origin of this grape. One gives it Austrian origin, while the other believes that it comes from ancient Greece. It's a very dark and fruit-scented variety.

Merlot:

This highly productive and adaptable variety of Bordeaux was introduced in Italy probably at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, it is the third most planted red grape in Italy.

Petite Verdot:

This prized blending variety of Bordeaux is well appreciated for its deep, dark color and tannic structure.

Pinot Nero:

The Italian version of Pinot Noir is at its best in Piedmont, Oltrepò Pavese, and Alto Adige wines.

Rebo:

A cross between Merzamino and Merlot, it was named after Rebo Rigotti, the agronomist who created it.

Sangiovese:

Considered Italy's most noble red grape, it is the base for many prize-winning wines including Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and, last but not least, the increasingly known Sangiovese di Romagna. It is considered a native wild vine (vitis silvestris in Latin) that was first domesticated by the Etruscans in the Tuscan - Emilian Appennines. It has a characteristic black cherry aroma with scents of wood smoke, tar and wild herbs.

Schiava:

Also known as Vernatsch, it's the most cultivated red in Trentino - Alto Adige. It is used in light, simple red wines often served slightly cooled.

Schiava Gentile:

Sub-variety of Schiava.

Schiava Grigia:

Sub-variety of Schiava.

Syrah:

Also known as Shiraz. Thought to be of Persian origin, this is a very popular grape in Australia as well as in the Rhone Valley. Given the resistance of this grape to intense heat, it is gaining popularity throughout Italy and especially in Sicily, the Tuscan Maremma, Latium, and other areas where the summer heat can be intense. It is used in both blends and varietal bottlings.

Tannat:

A grape originally from south-west France where it is known as Madiran, this is a very tannic, dark variety used for blending.

Teroldego:

Maybe related to Marzemino, this grape is actually gaining popularity over it especially in the area around Campo Rotaliano.

Vernatsch:

Also known as Schiava

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