Trentino, surprisingly ripe wines in the Italian Alps

From Lake Garda to the terraces of the Cembra Valley, the vineyards have the distinctive character of the Trentino landscape. The complex morphology of Trentino’s landscape, together with the nearby Dolomites and the numerous lakes generate in a limited area many different micro-climates. 5 DOC designations of controlled origin (Trentino, Trento, Teroldego Rotaliano, Valdadige and Casteller) and 2 IGT geographical areas (Vigneti delle Dolomiti and Vallagarina) protect the identity of an area and the typicity and distinctiveness of the wines produced.

The Valle dei Laghi is situated to the western side of Trentino. It winds along a path dotted by numerous lakes and streams, the largest of which is Lake Garda. The Adige Valley is located centrally along the river Adige with the Piana Rotaliana and the Vallagarina, which follow each other from north to south along the river. On the eastern side of Trentino, we find the steep vineyards of the Cembra Valley, which follows the last stretch travelled by the Avisio stream and, further south, the Valsugana.

The mountain viticulture extends over an area amounting to more than 10,000 hectares, which includes very different climatic areas and soils and about twenty varieties that thrive between 200 and 1,000 metres above sea level.

Trentino Information

Info from various sources including the very resourceful

Key info

Area 10'211 ha
Distribution 74% white, 26% red
Climate A mild continental alpine climate with the Dolomites shielding the region from the cold northern winds
Soils A wide variety from limestone-rich soil to gravel beds and mineral-rich alluvium

Cultivation Terraces


Trentino Grapes

Grapes (white) Area Weight of white
Pinot Grigio                                         
2'951 ha 38.9%
Chardonnay  2'737 ha 36.1%
Müller Thurgau 950 ha 12.5%
Traminer aromatico 414 ha 5.5%
Moscato giallo 153 ha 2%
Sauvignon blanc 123 ha 1.6%
Pinot bianco 71 ha 0.9%
Nosiola - indigenous 61 ha 0.8%
Grapes (red) Area Weight of red
Teroldego - indigenous 643 ha 25%
Merlot 551 ha 22%
Pinot Nero 347 ha 14%
Marzemino - indigenous 296 ha 12%
Cabernet (Franc & Sauvignon) 245 ha 10%
Schiava - indigenous 235 ha 9%
Lagrein - indigenous
214 ha 8%
Enantio - indigenous
31 ha 1%

Our selection of Trentino producers

In no particular order, we have selected for you the following wineries for the quality of their wines and/or their hospitality.

Estate Address Website

Via del Ponte, 15, 38123 Trento (TN)

SAN LEONARDO Loc. San Leonardo, 1, 38063 Avio (TN)

MOSER Via Castel di Gardolo, 5, 38121 Trento (TN)

Via Damiano Chiesa, 1, 38017 Mezzolombardo (TN)

Sponda Trentina, 45, 38121 Trento (TN)