The oldest evidence on vine cultivation in the area dates back to the Ancient Bronze Age (1800-1600 BC) and is represented by the seeds found in the pile-dwelling settlement of Ledro (TN).
An innumerable series of other discoveries lead to the Rhaeto-Etruscan situla (4th century BC) found in Cembra (TN), one of the most extensive inscriptions of the Etruscan era extolling the symposium consumption of wine is engraved. On the other hand, the first harvest rules date back to the medieval period; in the twelfth century, the “Statutes of Trento” were issued, protectionist rules of local production aimed at hindering the introduction of wines produced in the neighbouring areas.
A decisive turning point in Trentino viticulture and enology was impressed in 1874 with establishing the Agricultural Institute of S. Michele all’Adige.
The cultivation of the vine represented and still represents, a significant (if not the only) source of income for generations of Trentino peasant families. The Trentino DOC wine obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin on August 4th, 1971.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.