Cantina Toblino, co-operative winery located in the township (‘comune’) of Madruzzo in Trento province in the Trentino region of north-east Italy. It draws grapes from member growers in the Valle dei Laghi: the intent of the co-op is to guarantee them (mainly small-scale growers) better representation and greater bargaining power in the market. The winery was located in Piano Sarca, an area that is easy to reach from all the productive areas of the valley.
Staff | Director General: Carlo de Biasi.
History | The first harvest was in 1964. In 1965 the winery became fully operational. Later on, a cafeteria or diner opened and in 1969 a tasting room designed in the typical local style was inaugurated. In the 1980s and 1990s the co-op grew, helped by the purchase of new equipment. These improved cultivation techniques, with fertilizing methods and defense systems that respected the environment. In 2007 a hostelry was opened, where guests could match the wines and grappas with local dishes. An on-site wine shop also came into being. From 2009 a sustainability programme began. The installation of the photovoltaic system and the new LED lighting system allow considerable energy savings and emissions reduction.
Vineyards | Cantina Toblino transforms grapes from 600 wine-growers into wine. Toblino also has its own farm called Toblino Srl, which from 1999 has comprised 40ha of vineyards. All the vineyards cultivated by the Toblino winery members and also those belonging to the AZ Agr Toblino Srl, are enclosed between the northern shore of Lake Toblino and the southern border of the village of Pergolese, an area that was once called Piano Sarca. Another project includes the recovery of mountain viticulture.
In 1948 Rebo Rigotti, a geneticist from Trentino created a crossing of Merlot with Teroldego called Rebo, which is suited to local conditions.
Organics | 2010 In 2010 an organics project began. The plot of over 40 hectares, directly cultivated by the Azienda Agricola Toblino Srl on the funds of the Diocesan Institute, represents almost 10% of the organic area of the province of Trento. There are around 28 hectares of guyot-trained vines and 12 hectares on a double pergola, 70% of which are white grapes. It is the largest organic plot in the region. | 2016 At VinItaly 11 April 2016 Claudio Perpruner told me the co-op had 700ha of vines owned by 700 ‘soci’ or member grape growers. Of this 40ha, which comprised a single block, was certified organic. Elsewhere another 20-30ha also had organic certification. There were also 140ha of organically farmed but not yet certified vineyards (‘bio sans papiers‘).
Trentino DOC Chardonnay | 2018 100% Chardonnay. 13% alc. 0,2g/l residual sugar.
Trentino DOC Gewurztraminer | 2017 100% Gewurztraminer. 13,1 alc. 2,6g/l residual sugar.
Trentino DOC Lagrein Kretzer DOC, Vino Biologica | 2018 13.2% alc. 100% Lagrein. Certified organic.
The symbolic grape of Cantina Toblino is Nosiola. From this is made the “Passito dei Passito”. The Nosiola grape is harvested around mid-October. As soon as they are picked, the bunches of Nosiola are spread on ancient racks, called “arèle”. Here, the grapes undergo a slow but continuous natural withering, among the longest in the world. During this phase, noble rot develops inside the berry, which enriches it and accentuates dehydration, favouring the concentration of sugars. As per tradition, the withering continues until Holy Week, from which the Vino Santo takes its name, then the grapes are pressed. The very sweet must is left to rest in small oak barrels that refine its characteristics. Once a moderate alcohol content is reached, the slow fermentation stops naturally, leaving the wine with a significant residual sugar and the typical bouquet of the Vino Santo of Cantina Toblino.
Via Lónga, 1
I-38072 Calavino (TN–Trento), Italy
Tel+39 0461 564168 | www.toblino.it