Dynamic and Terroir-Driven: Trentino, Italy is the Wine Region of the Year | Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Wine Star Awards
Making up the southern half of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy, the Trentino province makes world-class wines. About an hour’s drive from Verona and surrounded by the majestic Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
Celebrated for its pristine ski slopes, breathtaking hiking trails, cycling routes and dramatic scenery, Trentino is also one of the most dynamic, multifaceted wine-producing areas in Italy. It makes quality, terroir-driven wines from both international and regional grapes, as well as one of the country’s most renowned bottle-fermented sparklers.
Counting 25,232 acres of vines, the province accounts for 1.6% of the nation’s vineyard area. Despite its relatively small size, the U.S. is Trentino’s number one export market, representing 51% of the territory’s exports in terms of value.
White grapes dominate its wine scene. Pinot Grigio is the leader, comprising 34% of overall grape production followed by Chardonnay at 26% and Müller-Thurgau at 10%. Other white varieties include Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Nosiola. For red wine production, Teroldego, Merlot, Marzemino and Pinot Nero are the main grapes followed by Schiava, Lagrein and Cabernet Sauvignon.