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A feather in the cap of Trentino's winemaking tradition, capable of making its way in the world and becoming more and more an expression of “made in Italy” and good Italian living is undoubtedly theTrentodoc.
This mountain sparkling wine comes from Trentino vineyards located at an altitude of between 200 and 900 meters, in a climate characterized by strong daily temperature fluctuations. The special geological and mineral characteristics of the Trentino region give each cluster an aroma and acidity that turn them into Bollicine di Montagna (Mountain Bubbles).
The history of this classic sparkling wine, the first in Italy to obtain the DOC recognition – controlled designation of origin – tarts way back in the 1800s. It was a century later, however, in 1902, thanks to the work of Giulio Ferrari - a Trentino winemaker, that it began to establish itself and gain important recognition.
In his travels in France, Ferrari had in fact noticed a strong orographic and climatic similarity between Champagne and Trentino; he had therefore decided to try to produce a Trentino sparkling wine that had the same characteristics.
The continuous work of dozens of winegrowers and wineries in Trentino combined with the evolution of the local winemaking system did the rest, leading the classic method of production to obtain the DOC certification in 1993, which guarantees the quality of the production process and the origin of the product.
Not all sparkling Trentino wines are Trentodoc. To receive this designation, producers must comply with production regulations that encapsulate the basic and fundamental rules for making a classic method Trentodoc.
The rules specifically regulate three aspects of production: permitted varieties (chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot blanc, meunier), residual sugar, time of aging on the lees, indicating for the latter aspect a minimum maturation of 15 months and at least 36 months for reserves and beyond.
The production territories
Due to soil characteristics, altitude and microclimate, each territory transfers to each bottle notes, scents and aromas unique and proper to the place of origin. From the Alpine climate of the highest vineyards to the more Mediterranean climate of the Garda area, to the more continental climate of the valley bottoms, each goblet encapsulates the character of the territory and its tradition.
Four areas of Trentino are particularly suited for Trentodoc production.
Moving by increasing altitude we find the area of Vallagarina, in southern Trentino, with vines grown at about 200 meters above sea level that produce more mineral and iron-rich Trentodocs. Just further north, reaching the city of Trent, the vineyards of Valle dell’Adige e Rotaliana planted on more calcareous soils give Trentodocs a strong minerality and structure. In the area of Valle dei Laghi (Lake Valley), characterized by large temperature range and particularly mild ventilation, the vineyards are located on sunny slopes and hillsides between 400 and 600 meters above sea level, and produce fruity and fresh sparkling wines. Finally, in Valle di Cembra are the Trentodoc vines at the highest altitudes, between 600 and 800 meters, from which fresh, structured wines are made.
Trentodoc is an ideal sparkling wine for any occasion. It is certainly the king of aperitifs, toasts and convivial moments with friends alongside sweet or savory dishes, but it can very well accompany the entire meal.
The advice is to always pair it with a nice board of Trentino cured meats and cheeses.
Do not serve it too cold. It is best enjoyed at a temperature between 8 and 12 degrees, allowing a few degrees more for reserves.