Linked by geography and climate, yet shaped by varying cultural influences, the adjoining provinces of Trentino and Alto Adige are often referred to as "the fraternal twins of north Italy." Together they form the northernmost region of the country. With Alto Adige to the north and Trentino to the south, the region spans a long, narrow valley, extending south from Italy's Alpine border with Austria to the northern shores of Lake Garda and flanked to the east by the magnificent Dolomite Alps.
It is these Dolomite Alps that define the landscape and the character of the Trentino wines. The majestic mountains leave anyone in their presence in awe. The high altitude in the mountainous region creates a large difference in temperature between day and night. It is this large daily change in temperature that creates the fresh, delicate and fine bouquet of the wines.
While Trentino is fundamentally Italian in character and heritage, Alto Adige was for centuries part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the end of WWI the two provinces were united under the single banner of Italy and have remained as one ever since.
Nearly three quarters of Trentino–Alto Adige's wine production is DOC-designated, a level unmatched by any other Italian wine region. Over 35% of its wines are exported abroad and it is emerging as one of Italy's most exciting, progressive and diverse wine-producing regions.
TRENTINO OFFERS MORE THAN VINEYARDS
As with its wines, Trentino–Alto Adige offers something for everyone. With its breathtaking scenery of mountains, lakes and meadows, thermal spa towns, over 200 medieval castles and rustic Tyrolean farms, this is a region of vibrant contrasts and a vacationer's paradise. And for the sportingly inclined, it offers a year-round playground.
During the winter months, there are ski resorts offering cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as skating and tobogganing. After an action-packed day on the slopes, holidaymakers can unwind in the region's pretty resort villages, where shopping opportunities abound, ranging from designer label luxury goods to traditional folk art, wood carvings, and embroidered linens produced by local craftsmen.