Grape varieties

In our Italian vineyards, from the harvesting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Meunier we obtain the base wine that, worked according to the metodo classico, will develop unique flavours and aromas, as well as the characteristic sparkle.

There are only four vineyards varieties in Trentinovine varieties in Trentino that can be cultivated in order to become Trentodoc, but Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the key players because the climactic conditions of Trentino are completely suited to them.

Chardonnay 

Vista di vitigno di Chardonnay con grappoli e alberi
When we talk of metodo classico Trentodoc, Chardonnay grapes takes the leading role. In Trentino this variety has found its perfect environment. It bestows structure, longevity and a profound aromatic intensity.

Pinot Noir 

Vista in primo piano di grappoli uva di Pinot nero
Pinot Noir grapes is an ancient variety that has adapted to the weather conditions of Trentino, although it requires special care. The elegance, finesse, structure and body of our Trentodoc sparkling wines are bestowed by the Pinot Noir grapes.

Pinot Blanc 

Vista in primo piano di grappoli di uva di Pinot bianco
Pinot Blanc grape is utilised a lot less than Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. It is used to enrich the Trentodoc wines’ fruity bouquet.

Pinot Meunier 

Vista di grappoli di uva di Pinot meunier
In Trentino, the Pinot Meunier grapes is used sparingly. It is cultivated and appreciated for its amazing hardiness and ability to adapt to the most diverse vegetative and climatic conditions.

The Trentino pergola system 

Vista di vigneti con pergola trentina
Trentino wine making has always been tied to the pergola system, which is still the region's most widely used vine-training method. This cultivation method was created in Trentino itself and guarantees the appropriate amount of sun exposure for the vines, which are grown for the most part on sloping terrain. Moreover, the pergola system allows the land to be organised into terraces and aids the pruning and tying of vines, guaranteeing a good result. Other vine training methods that are now very common for the cultivation of grapes intended for the metodo classico are the Guyot and spurred cordon.

The harvest 

Grappoli di uva bianca con persone che vendemmiano su sfondo
To set a date for the wine harvest, agronomists take the grape's acidity into account as the key factor that reveals the quality of the grapes destined to become metodo classico.
Besides the acidity, the harvest date is decided by an analysis of the sugars, mineral salts and aromatic substances. The days leading up to the wine harvest are hectic: chemical analysis with samples from the vineyard is carried out every day, until the day and time are decided.
In Trentino mechanical wine harvesting is unknown, rather it is done by hand in small crates to protect the grapes as much as possible and to avoid damage that could alter the much sought-after balance.
As soon as the grapes are harvested, they are sent as quickly as possible to the winery and the production process starts immediately.