Cantina Toblino, the heart of viticulture in the Valle dei Laghi, was born in 1960 at the behest of a group of passionate winemakers who glimpsed the great wine-growing vocation of the Valle dei Laghi. To date, there are over 600 wine-grower members with nearly 850 hectares of vineyards. The attention they pay daily to the care of the vineyard is high, continuous manual work that requires passion, patience, great dedication and continuous training. For over 20 years, Cantina Toblino has managed the land of the Mensa Vescovile, a single block of 40 hectares under direct management, cultivated for years according to the principles of organic viticulture. Today over a third of the vineyards of the Cantina Toblino members are converted to organic, paying great attention to the environment, people and the care of the vineyard, producing grapes of the highest quality, a fundamental basis for wines.

Precisely in this context, the Vènt project was born, with the ambition to best express the identity of the wines of the Valle dei Laghi and the savoir-faire of Cantina Toblino, organic intended as an expression of quality and territorial safeguard. The lakes, in the name, the wind in the identity. An inseparable union that makes the Valle dei Laghi the most varied the Alpine landscape allows. Indelible traces of ancestral mutations. Water, rocks, air. Mixed who knows how and when, until they form scenarios of an apparently homogeneous habitat, in reality all to be discovered. Still mixed, with the work of man, of his constant work. Silent work, often forgotten, but which shaped the valley: it made it ‘genius loci’. With what ‘site genius’? That of being an area that allows you to intuit, glimpse misunderstood atmospheres in the landscape. You see, you admire, the panorama seems homologous to you and in reality it is a triumph of diversity. The one that fascinates with spontaneity; as the boundaries intersect between water and sky, lands and rocky walls, all blurred, one into the other. With decidedly significant natural archetypes. That testify to an agricultural tradition, a history intertwined with vines and vines, between conservation and innovation. As the valley focuses on tradition to develop its physiognomy, applying (almost) unconsciously the lesser known meaning of the word ‘tradition’. That from the Latin ‘tradizio’, Greek derivation of ‘tradere’, that is to say to deliver and transmit meanings that have links with the concept of ‘betrayal’. Although this is intended as a ‘consecutive’ of environmental specificity, in order to affirm the identity value of everything related, it is close to its origin, to ‘open up the native land to light’. Holm oaks, olive trees, especially vines. Few other Alpine resorts can boast such a singular vine cult. Vines and wines of a place, between beneficial waters and breezes. A valley where the rows almost blend into the blue of the water and the clear blue Alpine sky. For centuries vines grown on fields torn from the mountain. On terraces which fortunately prevented the intensive exploitation of the territory. Here you cannot see vineyards without imperfections. The aesthetic is still the result of the hand of man, of the winemaker. Safe hand planted the row by eye, respecting the ridge of the hill, the (right) direction of exposure towards the afternoon sun. That’s why still in this valley wines stand out in that they tell the territory where they are born. They contain knowledge. Not just flavors. But how do you understand this valley? Just let yourself be guided by the landscape. Using the wind, the Hour. Vènt, breezes, gusts that transmit voices, sounds, condition microclimates, and therefore cultures and cultures.

Vènt, a project that starts from the vine to obtain excellent quality grapes and ends in the cellar, among the French oak barrels, terracotta amphorae. A project born from the passion of man, in the vineyard and in the cellar, and which takes the form of tasting, an unforgettable moment imprinted in our mind.

Everything starts from the wind, the identity of a territory like the Valle dei Laghi, Foll is  unique, complex, lively and elegant Chardonnay.

Las, as the founding element of the soil on which our vines grow, is a round, full-bodied, tenacious Lagrein .

Our attachment to history, represented by a capital that delimits our vineyards, Praàl is an incredibly harmonious Pinot Blanc.

The importance of people, the openness to what comes from outside and that we do not know at the beginning, Da Fòra is an intriguing, fragrant, new Manzoni Bianco.

Passion, from the vine to the glass, perceptible in the fresh air in the Valle dei Laghi, Baticòr is an elegant, delicate and refined Pinot Noir.

Wines that complete a range made up of Largiller and L’Ora, wines that have been able to reinterpret and enhance the qualities of the only autochthonous white Trentino grape variety, Nosiola and of the red eLimarò, the result of the traditional drying technique.

It has the charm of exclusivity, a rare, unique, memorable nectar. So unparalleled as to be protected as an ‘endangered wine’: it is the Vino Santo Trentino. Few other wines can boast a word in their name that evokes dreams, relaunches moments of pleasure, satisfies the present by recovering the past and – at the same time – relaunches the future. Here the Trentino Holy Wine is the whole of all this, and not only.

On Monday 17 February 2020 the selections of the Vènt line were presented to a small group of experts and professionals from the food and wine world in Trentino Alto Adige. “Stories of an encounter in Trentino…”, a very particular evening that enhanced these excellent wines paired with the dishes created by Chef Sebastian Sartorelli, who knew how to best combine the flavors of the Trentino tradition with an innovative cuisine. This is the menu of the evening:

Garda meatballs with delicate lime mayonnaise and aromatic herb powder

Praàl – Pinot Bianco Trentino DOC 2018

Trentino tacos with cod, artichokes and Trentino chili

Da Fora – Manzoni Bianco Trentino DOC 2018

Risotto with bites of trout marinated in lime

Foll – Chardonnay Trentino DOC 2018

Bleggio rabbit ravioli with Casolét foam and spinach

Baticor – Pinot Nero Trentino DOC 2016

Capel del Prete braised in Lagrein with mashed potatoes from Lomaso and spinach

Las – Lagrein Trentino DOC 2016

Petit patisserié

Vino Santo Trentino DOC 2004

The evening met with great appreciation from the participants, the new wines and the cuisine impressed with the aromas and flavors that brought to mind memories of the Valle dei Laghi, its idyllic landscapes, a healthy and fresh air, in which grows the vines of Cantina Toblino, cultivated day by day with passion.

Gambero Rosso World Tour – London 2020. Thanks to the prestigious recognition obtained by Cantina Toblino Vino Santo Trentino DOC 2003 (3 Bicchieri e nominee as Miglior Vino Dolce d’Italia 2020 for Gambero Rosso) our wines were among the protagonists of the event “GAMBERO ROSSO TRE BICCHIERI WORLD TOUR – LONDON 2020”. The event was held at the Hackney Town Hall, an art-deco style building often used for large events and ceremonies. The program, in addition to the tasting tables of 40 producers who received the 3 glasses from Gambero Rosso, included a master class dedicated to Tuscan Frescobaldi wines and one to extra virgin olive oil.

 

 

A unique setting, expert and demanding public, accustomed to tasting great wines. Precisely for this reason Cantina Toblino, alongside the Vino Santo, has also proposed other selections from native vines. Largiller – Nosiola Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2012 ed eLimarò – Rosso Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2015. These wines, born from the expert hands of our winemaker Lorenzo Tomazzoli, have cheered the most demanding palates thanks to their complexity, elegance and freshness.

 

 

Importers, journalists, sommeliers, curators. All impressed by our wines, by the potential and adaptability of Nosiola and Rebo.

A beginning 2020 full of news at Cantina Toblino, many important collaborations, a growing attention from food and wine critics and professionals from the world of wine…but not only!

This 2020 saw the launch on the market (not yet the official presentation) of five new wines belonging to the Crus – «Vènt».

The Crus – «Vènt» were created thanks to the collaboration between our agronomists, winemakers and Luca d’Attoma. A project that starts from afar to enhance the terroir of the Valle dei Laghi which thanks to the incessant action of the wind Ora del Garda and Pelèr of the Dolomites, can count on a mild climate, loose terrains, rich in skeleton of archaic origin, created during the course of the time from the Sarca river.

Thus was born the story of «Vènt»…a story where each element is inextricably linked to the other, just as it happens here, in the Valle dei Laghi…

Everything starts from the wind, the maximum expression of a territory like the Valle dei Laghi, Foll is a unique, complex, lively and elegant Chardonnay.

The Dolomite rock, as the founding element of the soil on which our vines grow, Las is a round, full-bodied, tenacious Lagrein.

Our attachment to history, represented by a capital that delimits our vineyards, Praàl is an incredibly harmonious Pinot Blanc.

The importance of people, the openness to what comes from outside and that we do not know at the beginning, Da Fòra is an intriguing, fragrant, new Manzoni Bianco.

Passion, from the vine to the glass, perceptible in the fresh air in the Valle dei Laghi, Baticòr is an extremely elegant, delicate and refined Pinot Noir.

A story still to be written…

An unforgettable stage of the 4MATIC Tour 2019/2020. Folgaria, Italian municipality in Alpe Cimbra – one of the most beautiful ski areas in Trentino – hosted this event that brings together well-known companies like Mercedes-Benz, Continental, Pocket Coffee, IlMeteo, Atomic, Salomon…and Cantina Toblino.

In an almost fairytale location thanks to the abundant snowfall on Saturday 18 January, skiers and winter sports enthusiasts were able to try the latest news in the world of skiing, touch the cars with their hands and taste an excellent glass of Cantina Toblino Antares Brut Millesimato Trento DOC!

Between ski races, music, snacks…and also some bombardinos…the weekend in Alpe Cimbra with 4MATIC Tour was great!

On Saturday a pure, white, mountain landscape…on Sunday perfect slopes, well-groomed and lots and lots of sun!

Apparently also some employees and friends of Cantina Toblino wandered around Folgaria

We look forward to seeing you at the next stages!

25-26 Gennaio sat-sun Terminillo (RT) Lazio
01-02 Febbraio sat-sun Pratonevoso (CN) Piemonte
08-09 Febbraio sat-sun Folgarida Marilleva (TN) Trentino
15-16 Febbraio sat-sun La Thuile (AO) Valle d’Aosta
20-23 Febbraio thu-sun Arabba (BL) Veneto
29 Febbraio – 01 Marzo sat-sun Abetone (PT) Toscana
07-08 Marzo sat-sun Bormio 2000 (SO) Lombardia
14-15 Marzo sat-sun Plan de Corones (BZ) Alto Adige

 

 

The 4MATIC Tour is now in full swing. Even this year the 4MATIC range of Mercedes-Benz is on the track for a new edition of the 4MATIC Tour. From December 2019 to March 2020 the 4MATIC Tour will arrive on the most exclusive slopes in Italy to live together another winter full of fun of style and skiing!

An appointment not to be missed, also because this year among the partners of the initiative there is also Cantina Toblino! In addition to trying the novelties of Salomon and Atomic by choosing among numerous models of this year, skiers (and not) will be able to try some Mercedes-Benz cars such as GLA 200 d 4MATIC, GLC 220 d 4MATIC and GLE 300 d 4MATIC … and taste a glass of the Cantina Toblino Antares Brut Millesimato Trento DOC!

After the success of the first three stages of Plan de Corones (BZ – South Tyrol) from 27 to 30 December, Ponte di Legno (BS – Lombardy) from 1 to 3 January and Tonale (BS – Lombardy) from 4 to 6 January, the 4MATIC Tour will move throughout Italy, as per the calendar below!

 

27-30 Dicembre fri-mon Plan de Corones (BZ) Alto Adige
01-03 Gennaio wed-fri Ponte di Legno (BS) Lombardia
04-06 Gennaio sat-mon Tonale (BS) Lombardia
18-19 Gennaio sat-sun Ovindoli (AQ) Abruzzo
25-26 Gennaio sat-sun Terminillo (RT) Lazio
01-02 Febbraio sat-sun Pratonevoso (CN) Piemonte
08-09 Febbraio sat-sun Folgarida Marilleva (TN) Trentino
15-16 Febbraio sat-sun La Thuile (AO) Valle d’Aosta
20-23 Febbraio thu-sun Arabba (BL) Veneto
29 Febbraio – 01 Marzo sat-sun Abetone (PT) Toscana
07-08 Marzo sat-sun Bormio 2000 (SO) Lombardia
14-15 Marzo sat-sun Plan de Corones (BZ) Alto Adige

 

We are waiting for you on the slopes!

 

Cantina di Toblino’s Vino Santo DOC 2003, a true heritage wine of Valle dei Laghi, was named best sweet wine of the year 2020 by the Italian magazine Gambero Rosso. A great recognition for Cantina di Toblino’s Vino Santo Trentino DOC 2003, which, after the Tre Bicchieri, now also receives the award “Best Sweet Wine of Italy”.

 

This wine was forgotten for a long time, perhaps for lack of knowledge of what lies behind it: the best expression of Nosiola, a unique grape variety of Valle dei Laghi. “This wine has survived over the years: in the past decades Nosiola has been cultivated less and less, preferring the ideal varieties for the Classic Method of Trento” explains Carlo De Biasi, Cantina Toblino’s general manager. “Our winery has never stopped betting on this native Trentino vine”.

In fact, Nosiola is the only indigenous white grape variety of Trentino region, used to produce dry white wines and the sweet wine “Passito dei Passito”, or Vino Santo Trentino DOC.

This wine is produced with the grapes of the most suitable vineyards in Valle dei Laghi, where a suitable microclimate meets the best exposed, dry and gravel-rich soils. Only one tenth of the vineyards in Nosiola is suitable for the production of grapes used to produce Vino Santo Trentino DOC.

 

Discovering Vino Santo

 

A wine story

 

Vino Santo represents a heritage of the valley and has always been made by the families who live here: “It was an elixir, it represented the tonic of the population. A tradition that was lost in the period between the two wars, but was revived in 1965 by Cantina Toblino” explains De Biasi.

“Our past director Giancarlo Ciurletti strongly believed in this wine”. Since then the production has never stopped and about 200 bottles are stored each year to become the historical memory of the winery.

 

Production

 

Vino Santo has been produced in the same way since ever: grapes must be very ripe in the vineyard and after picking they dry in the fruit cellar until the following spring. The berries dehydrate, evolve, but lose 80% of their weight. The sweetness is concentrated, the fermentation starts, then the wine ages for many years, at least 15. Throughout this period it goes through the oxidative phase, but everything is helped by the acidity that keeps the wine vital, dynamic and ready to face a long aging.

“Vino Santo can be defined the wine of patience” concludes De Biasi. A long wait for the winemakers, in the cellar, and for consumers. We now bottle 5 to 7 thousand bottles of Vino Santo. It is little more than one percent of our bottled production, but for us what matters is continuing the true tradition of our Valley “.

The waiting for Christmas has almost finished and Cantina Toblino wishes a Merry Christmas to everybody with a sweet glass of Vino Santo.

Christmas is approaching … the air becomes more and more magical and intoxicating, the Christmas songs bring joy and light-heartedness …

Christmas at Hosteria Toblino is like that…… joy, light-heartedness, sweet melodies, pleasant creations of our chefs to delight our guests in combination with the wines of Cantina Toblino (and not only).

A traditional menu, designed to warm people’s hearts and let everyone breathe the magic of Christmas.

Are you looking for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience? Here in Cantina & Hosteria Toblino we have thought of you, creating an evening of conviviality to celebrate the beginning of the coming year together. Toast with us for this 2020, on December 31, 2019 the New Year’s Eve dinner will be held with a creative menu with genuine flavors, combined with our wines.

For info and reservations, do not hesitate to contact Hosteria Toblino by phone on 0461 561113 and email hosteria@toblino.it

Merry Christmas everyone!

Our young and experienced chef Sebastian Sartorelli surprised the numerous guests of Garda con Gusto – Gourmet Experience 2019 with a truly incredible show cooking.

A real experience for all participants who, in addition to being able to taste the delicacies created by the chef, were able to leave an indelible mark on the canvas. It will sound strange, however Sebastian Sartorelli not only delights in the kitchen but also with “food painting”. Sometimes, in the case of particularly important evenings, it allows its guests to leave their mark, to express their emotions with a colorful touch, to fill a picture that fills the soul.

Poetry and emotions are combined with cooking, art on the plate. Here are the four delicacies proposed:

A delight for the eyes, the soul and the palate.

Many awards and recognitions updated by Cantina Toblino in recent months:

These coveted awards confirm the quality of the wines of Cantina Toblino with particular attention to the Nosiola grape in its various expressions such as L’Ora, Largiller and Vino Santo.

In recent months several TV episodes have been aired starring Cantina Toblino & Hosteria Toblino. Starting from the beginning, in conjunction with Vinitaly, the special “Paesi e Paesaggi” on Cantina Toblino, Nosiola and Holy Wine aired on Canale 5 within Striscia La Notizia. Davide Rampello, iconic curator of the “Paesi e Paesaggi” section dedicated to the landscape and food and wine excellences of Italy, was able to touch the excellence of the Valle dei Laghi with his hands, being impressed by the wines of Cantina Toblino (a historic 1967 vintage of Vino Santo Trentino was opened) and being able to know our reality from the words of the winemaker Lorenzo Tomazzoli.

Almost a month later, “Ricette all’Italian” aired on Rete 4, a broadcast in which Davide Mengacci and Anna Moroni recount some food and wine peculiarities from the Italian regions. A special short in which the splendid Annabruna di Iorio conversed with the director Carlo de Biasi about the wines of Cantina Toblino, the importance of Nosiola and Organic Viticulture in Valle dei Laghi. Subsequently, the staff was pleasantly surprised by the cuisine of our chef Sebastian Sartorelli of Hosteria Toblino.

Recently, however, Girovagando in Trentino has dedicated an entire episode to the Valle dei Laghi with particular attention to Cantina and Hosteria Toblino. During the registration, the well-known journalist Walter Nicoletti, conversed with the president Bruno Lutterotti and with the current brand manager Giovanni Luigi Brumat on various issues related to the importance of innovation and the training of members to guarantee the consumer a product of ‘high quality.