Like Valle d’Aosta and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, it is one of the regions at a crossroads of languages and customs: in fact, it is on the border with Switzerland and Austria. That is why they speak German here.
Trentino Tongue Twisters
Trentatré trentini entrarono in Trento tutti e trentatré trotterellando is a famous Italian tongue twister, that basically means thirty-three Trentino residents go to Trento and all thirty-three trot about. If a foreigner can properly pronounce this nonsense rhyme, they have truly mastered the Italian language!
Word games aside, Trentino-Alto Adige is a small region in the north with a particular climate. Its mountain breezes prevent the formation of fungus and mold on the vines, and channel the milder air coming from the south. Despite the proximity of the Alps, it can be very hot here in the summer, and its valleys are among the hottest in Italy. Who would have thought? At night, temperatures cool down, bestowing the local grapes with an excellent concentration. In fact, the wines are the region’s true high points, like the mountain peaks that stand out against its horizon.
This region is the union of two separate areas: Trentino and Alto Adige, the latter of which is bilingual, due to the fact it was ruled by Austria until WWII. Because of this, the names of many grape varietals are still in German: Gewürztraminer, Kerner, Sylvaner, Rosenmuskateller (Red Moscato), and Goldmuskateller (Yellow Moscato). Together with its native varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Müller Thurgau are the most prevalent, comprising 55% of white grapes, an increasing amount.
Trentino-Alto Adige is a land of great beauty; its authentic villages, enchanting landscapes covered with grapevines, and little lakes (in which you can swim!) reflect all this beauty.