From an ancient fortification to a noble residence, theater of fights and legendary stories, today this marvelous structure houses a winery a short distance from Rovereto. As well as being home to tastings of the best wines of Trentino, the castle is open to visits.
Castel Noarna History
Castel Noarna is located in a strategic position on Vallagarina, surrounded by vineyards. Its origin must probably date back to the VI-VII century. as a Roman fortification point, while the first documents concerning the fortress of Castelnuovo di Noarna date back to 1177.
The lords who resided here took the name from the castle itself and were the owners of it at that time the scene of numerous clashes between Guelphs and Ghibellines. At that time the fief of the Castelnuovo already included the countries of Noarna, Pomarolo and Castellano. At the end of 1200 the Castelnuovo family declined and the manor passed to the Castelbarco family, one of the most important families of the Principality of Trento. In 1486 it became a possession of the Lodron family, after a long dispute with the Calstelbarco, which also involved the Republic of Venice, who supported the new owners to guarantee support in the valley.
After a few years, precisely in 1646, the chronicles report a famous "witch trial" that involved dozens of people from all the countries of Vallagarine and survived for over a year and arrived, after numerous tortures, to be condemned by beheading and subsequent stake of 5 women.
The Castle assumed its current appearance under the possession of Londron, which refined the defensive fortification to make it a noble residence: new residential areas added to the existing and the interiors embellished with frescoes. Since 1974 the Castle belongs to the Zani family, historical hoteliers from Trentino who have implemented and modernized the wine vocation of the territories surrounding the manor. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Blanc, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein, Nosiola, Riesling are cultivated.
The Castle is open for guided tours and tastings of the wines produced.