Trentino - Alto Adige
Populated since the Bronze Age, the region was subsequently inhabited by the Celts and the Etruscans and later became part of the Roman Empire in the 1st century B.C. As always, Romans colonization brought about the construction of roads and cities, aqueducts and canals as well as Roman law, in addition to the subdivision and distribution of land to locals for cultivation.
The region's traditional festivals reflect the rich ethnic mixture that characterize Alto Adige. Some traditions call on Germanic roots, while others have strong Venetian or Lombardian influences. In addition, there are still isolated communities high on the Alps, such as Luserna or the Mocheni Valley, that trace their roots back to medieval times and maintain their own unique historic traditions.
Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir) did not arrive until the mid-nineteenth century; now it makes up about 5% of plantings. Today the vine produces wines with good structure that resemble their cousins in Burgundy. A typical Alto Adige Pinot Nero has a rich and intense aroma of dark berries, spice and floral violet notes. Truly interesting and noteworthy wines.
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