The region, as the name suggests is divided into two main areas – Trentino to the south with an Italian culture and Alto Adige to the north with a predominant Germanic culture. These differences heavily influence the type of wine making which is certainly one of quality rather than quantity.
Outstanding wines such as Pinot Nero, Cabernet, Merlot, Riesling, Sylvaner and Muller-Thurgau are produced from non-indigenous grape varietals.
Trentino Alto Adige has several native red grape varietals such as Lagrein, Marzemino and Teroldego, which are all delicate, light, balanced, low tannin, easy drinking wines.
Of the native white varietals, Traminer is one of the most aromatic wines and Nosiola, with its characteristic bouquet of hazelnuts is often used to produce a unique Vin Santo.
Trentino Alto Aidge is especially distinguished for its production of Grappa, fruit and mountain herb based spirits. Trentino grappa is very delicate, aromatic and less “aggressive” than grappa from Veneto and Friuli so it’s highly recommended novice grappa drinkers first try grappa from Trentino!

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