Maso Palt,
between heaven and earth

It was love at first sight. Through an avenue of cypress trees, I arrived at Maso Palt and I saw earth and sky - the same elements carried on the label of all the wines that are and will be produced in this region by myself and my children. After the first impression, I focused on the vines arranged as if in a garden: a pearl in every aspect, aesthetic and productive, lying in Besagno di Mori on the slopes of the extinct volcano called Monte Baldo (Palt derives from Monte Baldo).


The hamlet of Maso Palt in the municipality of Mori lies to the left of Besagno at an altitude of 330 metres, and faces north, yet is protected from the wind and cold thanks to Monte Baldo. The area overlooks Mori and Vallagarina and enjoys the light and warmth of the sun from sunrise to sunset. The Palt micro-climate is exceptional for vine cultivation: in addition to benefiting from the soil composition, the plants can take advantage of the large temperature fluctuations that occur during the vine's ripening period, protected from the icy winds and extreme cold. The soil is composed of basalt, volcanites and other mineral deposits originating from Monte Baldo's time as an active volcano.
The Maso Palt lands surrounding the property rise from an altitude of 300 metres up to 450 metres and are planted with Pinot noir, Lagrein, Incrocio Manzoni, Pinot bianco, and Pinot grigio. The estate also has vineyards in Angoja which produce Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Incrocio Manzoni.

The lands of Maso Palt have always been cultivated to produce still wines, while investments in time, lands and equipment are now being made to develop all the traditional wines of Trentino and achieve superior levels of quality.
With a focus on native wines, such as Lagrein, Teroldego Rotaliano, Marzemino, Rebo, Casetta and Nosiola, a large area will also be dedicated to Trento DOC sparkling wine, from Blanc de blanc, to Blanc de noir, to Rosato.
Maso Palt also benefits from an additional property on the main road between the Brennero motorway and Riva del Garda, that houses a large sales point for the products of the Sajni Fasanotti estates. Visitors can also admire the underground cellar for the production of wines and, in particular, the Trento DOC sparkling wine.
The area includes spaces for catering, wine tastings and presentations.

The perfect
environment for wine

Part of the Autonomous Province of Trento and southern Trentino-Alto Adige, Trentino is famed among visitors to Italy for its natural beauty and extensive cultivation of vineyards, berries and fruit, especially apples.
The numerous glaciers that fill the Alpine valleys provide the region with a multitude of rivers and streams, many of which join to form the imperious Adige. The region's subalpine valleys, plateaus and small plains enjoy a sub-Mediterranean climate, which also allows for olive cultivation. This climate is one of the main reasons for the superb wines produced in these mountains.
Earth and sky, key elements in the growth of the grapes, make it an excellent habitat for wine-making.
The valleys enjoy long, sunny days, producing high quality sugars within the grapes. Over the 2010-2019 period, Trentino basked in 31,642 hours of sunshine (averaging about 8½ hours a day), compared to the 24,096 sunshine hours in France's Champagne region during the same decade. Benefitting from 32.32% more sunshine than the Champagne area guarantees Trentino an optimal quality of must and produces some of the best wines in Italy and the world.
Another key factor is temperature. The 8.8°C average can reach 10.83°C during harvest months, marking a 14.04% advantage over the Champagne area with its average temperature of 7.72°C.
The combination of these elements create a perfect environment for wine production.




Local
viticulture

The mountain ranges of Trentino are geologically diverse: to the west, the Adamello and Presanella Alps are mainly quartz diorite formations. Beyond the Noce river valley lie the Ortles-Cevedale Alps. There are also several dolomite groups (composed of calcium magnesium carbonate) which often extend along the Alto Adige and Veneto, including the Marmolada, the Pale di San Martino, the Sella and the Brenta.
Less imposing but nonetheless notable are the Trentino slopes of the Veneto Prealps, formed by the Pasubio, the Lessini mountains, the Piccole Dolomiti, and Monte Baldo.
The latter is perhaps the best known in the lower Trentino area, renowned for breathtaking views of Lake Garda, as well as its rich flora and fauna. Standing at 2,118 metres, it is the highest peak in southern Trentino.
Believed to be an extinct volcano because of the numerous thermal springs and wide range of minerals in the surrounding soils, it was formed during the same glacial period as Lake Garda. Monte Baldo and the surrounding areas, including Mori and Rovereto, are characterised by limestone and dolomite features, along with typical volcanic rocks (amphibolic basalt, trachidolerites, monchiquites and other volcanites).
All of these minerals enrich the soil and naturally enhance the products grown on their slopes.
In addition to this distinctive and exclusive soil composition, the altitude of the vineyards also plays a fundamental role in the exceptional quality of these wines. These lands have always been productive and prosperous.
The ancient practice of viticulture in Trentino is attested by archaeological finds dating back to the fourth century BC. From the 5th century AD, the work of abbeys and monasteries began to increase and expand grape-growing on the slopes of the area's wonderful valleys. This allowed the vines to adapt to growth even at high altitudes while yielding unique flavours and aromas.
Of the 9,845 hectares of vineyards in the Autonomous Province of Trento, 1,277 hectares sit at an altitude of over 500 metres. This contributes to the exceptional characteristics of Trentino grapes, which are incomparable with the produce of Champagne vineyards lying between 90 and 300 metres above sea level, considerably lower than the maximum altitude of 850 metres in Trentino.
The possibility of raising the height of the vineyards is also a crucial bio-strategy against the rise in global temperature: the base grapes for sparkling wine need a high level of acidity which is often compromised by elevated temperatures. The ability to cultivate vineyards at high altitudes, which is possible in Trentino but not in other well-known regions, will guarantee in future decades the exemplary quality of the more than ten million bottles of sparkling wine produced every year in this area.
Altitude, climate, soil, temperature range and sunshine hours are just some of the factors contributing to the excellence of local wine-making. All this, combined with the Trentino people's love for hard work and their strong bond with their land, makes Trentino the perfect wine-growing region.