The renown Rotaliana Plain in the northern Trentino region is the home of the native Teroldego grape, a grape variety that can be in an area of about 400 hectares in size, 160 hectares belong to the Cantina Rotaliana’s winegrowers. Campo Rotaliano was formed in ancient times by a glacier which broke through what is now the Rocchetta Pass to the north and flattened a plain surrounded by massive mountains.
The unique combination of the fertile valley floor nourished by the Noce and Adige Rivers and the surrounding mountains, which protect the vineyards from the North wind and retain warmth, create perfect conditions for ripening Teroldego grapes.
The Cantina Rotaliana’s 160 hectares of vineyards are planted with superior Teroldego clones, only on the best part of the plain, the western side, which is the former Noce River bed, rich in glacial sediment.
The Rotaliana Plain is the home for Teroldego, but also some other red grapes are cultivated in this area such as Lagrein, Cabernet and Merlot. Nevertheless, these grapes represent a very small percentage in the production of Rotaliana Plain, mainly represented by Teroldego.
Right outside the Rotaliana Plain, in the municipalities of S. Michele all’Adige (to the east) Nave San Rocco, Zambana and Lavis (to the South) are cultivated other grape varieties such as Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay that have found their ideal habitat in the fertile vineyards on the left bank of Adige River.
- Piana Rotaliana dalla collina est
- Piana Rotaliana vigneti lungo il Noce