PINOT NOIR OF TRENTINO
Pinot Noir is perhaps the most highly valued red grape in the world.
It is originally from Burgundy, where its presence was recorded as early as the 4th century AD. Still today, the best Pinot Noir wines are made using only grapes that are grown in reasonably cold climates with good winds and temperature variations. Apart from a few isolated cases, people only began to grow these grapes in Italy in the 1980s. Although they can be found in many regions, at present the only one where the output of “still wines” is considered excellent is Trentino-Alto Adige. They are also used a lot in sparkling wines in the Oltrepò Pavese and Franciacorta areas.
As its name emphasizes, the Trentino-Alto Adige region is made up of two separate provinces. The points given in the guides seem to indicate that the very best wines come from Alto Adige, which is also known as South Tyrol. However, although the Pinot Noir produced in Trentino enjoys less renown among ordinary consumers, it has much more interesting, subtle characteristics which make it very similar to its prestigious French cousins.
Coordinator: Giampaolo Girardi of Proposta Vini Italia
With the support of the Italian Wine Sommeliers’ Association – Venice