Wines and witches at the Noarna Castle
Vast vineyards surround the Noarna Castle – also known as Castelnuovo, in Val Lagarina, in the municipality of Nogaredo. They are enveloped in a charming and quiet solitude, in which one’s gaze can extend to faraway mountains and reach, on the horizon, the city of Rovereto.
The castle was built in the 12th century, but rises in place of previous fortifications that dated back to the Roman and Lombard ages; since the 1970s, it has belonged to the Zani family, which makes organic wine from a variety of grapes: Nosiola, Teroldego, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lagrein, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
The castle is known for its wonderful Michelangelo-style frescoes and for a 1580 altarpiece representing “The Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Nicola and Francesco” – but also for an important witch trial that took place here, with five women being tortured and finally sentenced to death.