Vino Santo Arèle is a delicious and renowned regional dessert wine produced from naturally raisined grapes. Although often associated with Tuscany, Vino Santo also boasts a long tradition in Trentino, where production started over 200 years ago.
It is an extraordinarily intense and unctuous sweetie with a deep golden copper colour, a viscous body and super-ripe aromas of dried apricots, sultanas and prunes.
It is very rich and sweet with velvety rounded fruit coating the mouth, but finishing with refreshing acidity and surprising elegance.
Produced from Nosiola grapes cultivated in vineyards situated between mountains at the foot of the Dolomites and connecting Trento to the northern shores of Lake Garda. Lake Garda strongly influences the climate, blowing constant warm, dry winds down the valley, whilst at night the temperatures are cooled by the breeze blowing down from the Dolomites. The resulting climate is sub-Mediterranean. Soils are mainly limestone. The well ripened grapes are harvested in October. After the late October harvest the grapes are dried for about six months on cane racks (called arele) in well-ventilated rooms; during this period they are enriched by the presence of Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot). Pressing takes place in spring (around Easter - hence the name Vino Santo) and is followed by a long fermentation and an eight year maturation period in small oak barrels.
Superb with fine tarts made with buttery pastry and fresh fruit or decadently trickle a little on good quality ice cream. dried fruits and nuts.