Grape variety: Nosiola is the only native white grape variety of Trentino, used to produce dry white wines and the sought after "Passito dei Passiti", or the Vino Santo Trentino DOC.
Vineyards: from the most suitable vineyards in the Valle dei Laghi, where a very favorable microclimate meets the best exposed, dry and gravel-rich soils. Only a tenth of the vineyards in Nosiola are suitable for the production of the grapes used to produce the Vino Santo Trentino DOC.
Natural drying: after the harvest, the ripest bunches of Nosiola are gently placed on traditional racks called arèle, which allow a slow drying that traditionally lasts until Holy Week, thanks to the constant wind that comes from the Brenta Dolomites and the "Ora del Garda", a breeze that blows lightly from Lake Garda through the Valle dei Laghi. The final touch is given by the presence of noble rot that develops inside the bunches, strengthening the drying process with a consequent increase in the sugar concentration that gives the grapes an unmistakable flavor.
Vinification & Aging: the pressing traditionally takes place during Holy Week, after one of the longest drying in the world which lasts for almost 6 months, thus obtaining the precious must of the Vino Santo with almost infinitesimal yields. Subsequently, fermentation starts in small French oak barrels which lasts for over 2 years, gradually reducing the sugar concentration. The Vino Santo continues its long aging in the same small French oak barrels where it rests for over 10 years, ending its long maturation with over a year in the bottle.
Organoleptic Characteristics: a bright amber color. On the nose, Vino Santo offers an extraordinarily complex and elegant fragrant bouquet, with hints of peach and overripe apricot, jams and honey. On the palate, it is pleasantly sweet and round, with great persistence and an important acidity that balances perfectly with the residual sugar to create a harmonious and never cloying combination.
Tasting & Pairing: to be served preferably at a temperature of 8-10 ° C in small tulip glasses. Vino Santo is a meditation wine, to be enjoyed slowly to fully grasp every nuance. By contrast, it is able to enhance the noble taste of some moldy cheeses such as Gorgonzola, Stilton, Bleu d’Auvergne, Roquefort or Cavras, in which the molds of dairy products delicately harmonize with the wine created by noble rot . Try it with Foie Gras. It goes perfectly with traditional Trentino dry pastries, for example with fregolotti cake, strudel and biscuits. Vino Santo can age in the bottle for many decades, becoming one of the most durable wines, capable of offering great satisfaction and pleasantness even 50 years after the harvest.