Mezzolombardo’s wine cooperative was created in 1931. It’s a wine cooperative, which means that all its members have to give their grapes to it, and it will produce wine with a single machinery. This is a spread way of production in Trentino region, because it allow to have an industrial production system keeping all the single properties.
Mezzolombardo’s wine cooperative, whose name is “Cantina Rotaliana”, can rely on 400 hectares of vines, 2/3 of which are of Teroldego species. In detail its areas are: Pasquari, Novali, Braide, Entichiar, Sorteselle and the Teroldeghe of Maso Cervara, a farmstead located at the beginning of the Non Valley.
Cantina Rotaliana’s aim is to protect the native vines. In fact all its areas are regulated by strict production codes; Cantina Rotaliana has an indirect training funcion: through its checks and its rules it makes the farmers grow the best possible grapes. Since quality is their keyword, Cantina Rotaliana makes sure that all vines have been pruned: it is of primary importance because only by pruning at the right time you can get a powerful wine like Teroldego, which is also a D.O.C. (Controlled Designation of Origin: it is a wine certification guaranteering the quality of a wine).
Cantina Rotaliana is specialized of course in Teroldego production, but it offers also other kinds of wines: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and Lagrein (for the red wines) and Chardonnay, Müller Thurgau and Gewürztraminer (for the white wines), spirits and special products, like Groppello di Revò and Clesurae.
Since 2002 the winery’s production activity was moved from the historic buildings in downtown Mezzolombardo and set up in the brand new headquarters located at the entrance of the town. Innovation is very important even in such a traditional field: technological improvement are fundamental in order to compete to the highest degree and always with high quality.
Cantina Rotaliana’s motto is: “Passion for wine, respect for traditions, love for land”