Trentino-Alto Adige


Trentino-Alto Adige
 
Provinces of Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy: Trento (TN), Bolzano (BZ).
 
Specialty foods of this Italian region:
Specialty foods of this Italian region certainly show their German influence yet somehow hold true to the home style, austere and simple foods that make Italian food both unique and great. A few foods that stand out from this region include Spek (Tyrolian smoked bacon), Bresola, Asiago, Grana Padano, Casolet, Presato di Merano, Puzzone di Moena, Tosella, and Vezzana cheeses; bread dumplings, gnocchi, Krauti (a marinated cabbage served over braised pork), spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, apples, as well as Polenta and rice dishes. Other savory foods of this mountain region include various stews made of goat, lamb, pork beef, rabbit, as well as wild game, roasted meats, and rustic, simple, recipes that reflect this rugged mountainous terrain. On a side note do to the German influences beer is often a popular drink as well as wine.
 
Interesting tidbits about the region:
The strong influence from neighboring Austria and Switzerland is readily apparent; among locals the area is referred to as “Sudtirol” or southern Tyrol. It is interesting to note that perhaps as many people in the region speak German as speak Italian and thus the food, wine and culture perpetuate this strong connection from north to south, German to Italian. The area is known for its incredible Adamello Brenta mountain ranges, as well as the Dolomites, a stunning natural marvel and must see place. Other areas of highlight include the town of Rovereto which boasts numerous castles and museums (including the modern art museum “Mart”). Other must see places include Riva del Garda, and Rocca (an ancient fortress); while the Montagnaga di Pine (an ancient protected pine forest) is also worth discovery. Additionally it is advisable to explore the unique Castles of Tirolo, Roncolo, and Appiano as each are magnificent structures in their own right and completely unique from one to the next; they (respectively) are known for their gorgeous yet austere architecture as well as incredible breathtaking views.
 
Wine zones or appellations:
DOC: Alto Adige, Alto Adige Colli di Bolzano, Alto Adige Meranese, Alto Adige Santa Maddalena, Alto Adige Terlano, Alto Adige Valle Isarco, Alto Adige Valle Venosta, Caldero or Lago di Caldaro, Casteller, Teroldego Rotaliano, Trentino, Trento, Valdadige, Terradeiforti Valdadige
IGT: Atestino delle Venezie, Delle Venezie, Friuli-Venezie Giulia, Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Mitterberg, Vallagarina, Vigneti delle Dolomiti



White (bianco): Chardonnay, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer.

Red (rosso): Lagrein, Marzemino, Pinot Nero, Teroldego Schiava


Alto Adige Gewurztraminer, Trentino Muller-Thurgau by Graziano, Alto Adiage Lagrein, and Alto Adige Pinot Nero.


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