The Trentino region, or sub-region, is the southern, culturally Italian half of the administrative unit Trentino-Alto Adige in central northern Italy, north east of Lake Garda. It is a very diverse zone with interesting local grape varieties, important sparkling wine production and sweet wines. There is both large scale valley floor viticulture and hill side grape growing sometimes under the overhang of the pre-Alps.
Janet and I have not spent a lot of time here. We have used the pleasant town of Rovereto as a place to stay during Vinitaly – as it is an easy if slow railway journey to the enormous national wine fair at Verona. We have driven through it to get to Alto Adige with its distinctive Germanic viticulture. And we touched down in it as part of our Easter 2012 ‘Northern Italian bubbles tour’ – staying at the fine Villa Madruzzo Hotel in Trento itself. But really we need to return to Trentino to do the area justice. In the meantime here is a start, plus an amazing vertical of Ferrari’s top wines at Vinitaly 2013: