Explore the long winemaking heritage of northern Italy with a guided visit to the renowned Tenuta San Leonardo winery in Trento. Stroll through villa gardens and vineyards that date back to the early 18th century, when the family-run estate was founded on the site of a former monastery. Learn about traditional production methods and Italian country life as you tour the cellars and a cultural museum, and treat your taste buds with a sampling of four different wines.
Guided tour of Trento's San Leonardo winery
Explore one of northern Italy's most important wineries
Learn about the long history of San Leonardo, dating back to 1724
Tour underground cellars and the gardens of the Villa Gresti mansion
Learn about Italian country traditions at the Museum of Rural Life
Midmorning, make your own way to Trento’s San Leonardo winery — a sprawling estate founded in 1724 on the site of a medieval monastery. The winery’s long history also includes a stint as the headquarters of the Italian army’s 29th Corps during World War I before blossoming into one of northern Italy's benchmark wine producers. Begin with a stroll along a lime tree alley and through the historical vineyards planted using traditional guyot and pergola trellising techniques. Enjoy a fragrant walk through the gardens of the Villa Gresti mansion, built in 1874, as well as an ancient monastic garden planted with herbs and vegetables. Learn about Italian country traditions at the on-site Museum of Rural Life, see a collection of vintage tractors, and admire a 13th-century fresco at a preserved medieval chapel. Head underground into the aging and vinification cellars to learn about traditional production methods, and then taste for yourself the flavorful result of generations of winemaking expertise. Cap off your 1.5-hour visit with a sampling of four estate wines including Vette, Terre di San Leonardo, Villa Gresti, and the celebrated San Leonardo.