These are reds and roses from Schiava grapes, possible supplemented to a maximum 20% with some Lambrusco, Merlot, Lagrein, or Teroldego.


These wines are either ruby red or pink, very light in texture, and extremely mellow in taste. They are available as dry (Asciutto) or slightly sweet to sweet (Amabile). These wines keep well. Serve slightly chilled at 53.6- 57.2°F (12- 14°C) but cooler for the sweeter wines (46.4- 50°F/8- 10°C).

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There are two types of Sorni: whites from Nosiola grapes, possibly supplemented with Miiller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, and Sylvaner, and reds made with Schiava, Teroldego, and possibly Lagrein. Sorni Bianco is pale golden yellow with a green cast and barely noticeable bouquet or taste. It is refreshing though and can be served on any occasion. Drinking temperature is 46.4-50°F (8-10°C).

Sorni Rosso has a more expressive nose and taste than its counterpart. It is an elegant, aromatic wine that is delicious throughout a meal. Choose a Scelto (auslese) for these are slightly higher in alcohol and more rounded. Drink at 53.6- 57.2°F (12- 14°C).

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This wine from the Teroldego grape that is native to Trentino is virtually unique. The grapes prefer the flat land in the Rotaliana valley, to the north of Trent (Trento) . These grapes only develop fully with such great finesse in this one location. Wherever else these grapes are grown in Italy the results are moderate to atrocious. The Teroldego Rotaliano Rosso is very intensely coloured (ruby with glints of purple when young) and its characteristic nose is of violet and raspberry. A hint of bitter almond can be detected in the finish. In common with red Loire wines, Teroldego Rosso is best drunk when young or not before eight to ten years after the harvest. In the intervening years this wine often suffers from evaporation and becomes closed, revealing nothing of itself. Drinking temperature is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) when young and 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C) when mature.

Teroldego Rotaliano Rosso Superiore has more body and is higher in alcohol and this is equally true of Riserva wines which must have at least two more years maturing before sale. Drinking temperature is 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C).

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 There is also a Rosato (Kretzer) made from Teroldego which is an attractive pink to pale granite red colour, with an intriguing floral and fruity nose and delicate taste that is juicy and rounded. This wine also has a discernible finish of bitter almond. Drinking temperature is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).