Trentino is usually linked in viticultural terms to Alto Adige (otherwise knows as the Sud Tyrol) – but they are very distinct wine regions with individual characteristics. Trentino leans more towards the Italian influence and its neighbouring region of the Veneto – and this is reflected in grape varieties and training systems with more Italian influence whereas the Alto Adige tends towards the more Germanic influence, although this is of course an over-simplification. Trentino has always been produced one of the highest level of DOC rated wines in Italy – and much of this is thanks to huge co operatives such as Cavit who make textbook wines from pure varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Nosiola or Teroldego Rotaliano, Marzemino and also Ferrari for outstanding sparkling wine. In Alto Adige smaller estates are more dominant and who make not only wonderful Gewurztraminer but also Pinot Noir, Sauvignon and Moscato Rosa.
It is an impressively stunning region of Italy with the backdrop of the Dolomite mountains, and the difference of the Italian/ German history being reflected in the local cuisines, architecture and language spoken, makes this an unforgettable region for wine touring.