Oro Rosso is a line of classic method TrentoDOC wines produced by the Cembra Cantina di Montagna (Cembra Mountain Winery) cooperative. Its name means “red gold,” a reference to the famous porphyry quarries that dot the Cembra Valley in Trentino-Alto Adige where the winery and its roughly 400 growers are located. The unique volcanic-origin stone carved from the mountains there is widely used across the world in architecture and sculpture. But those same volcanic soils are also ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, especially when they are used to produce classic method sparkling wine. The grapes for these wines, a pas dosé (dosaggio zero) from 100% Chardonnay and a rosé from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are grown at an extremely high altitude of roughly 550 meters a.s.l. The natural diurnal temperature shifts of the Cembra Valley and the heat retention of the volcanic-origin subsoils create the ideal conditions for wines that will retain the freshness and rich flavors of grapes at harvest. As for all classic method wines, they are fermented twice. The first fermentation is provoked to create a base wine while the second fermentation (tirage) is provoked in bottle to create the desired effervescence.
Did You Know?
For their Oro Rosso line of classic method sparkling wines, the growers in the Cembra Cantina di Montagna cooperative still use pergola training for the grapes. The old style of training, they’ve discovered, is ideal in the alps where the pergola helps to protect the fruit from extreme weather.
Wines from Oro Rosso
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