When the Romans advanced from the Po Valley to Bolzano in 15 B.C. and conquered Rhaetia, they found a winegrowing culture that was already over five hundred years old. The presumption that the Schiava grape had already been planted at that time is naturally suggested: the German name for the grape, Vernatsch, is a derivation from the Latin vernaculus meaning “native”. Schiava is the only Alto Adige red wine that may be found both as a classified zone wine (such as Lago di Caldaro, Colli di Bolzano, Santa Maddalena, or Meranese di Collina) and as a varietal wine (Alto Adige Schiava and Schiava Grigia).
In the oldest written records, Grauvernatsch is described as the most preferred variety of Schiava. This demanding vine flourishes especially well on sunny hill locations. On the calcareous loamy soils of Kurtatsch, a solid, harmonious Schiava Grigia has come into existence with a silky tannin dimension, and notes of herbs and gingerbread join with an enticing aroma of cherry.
Schiava Grigia (Grauvernatsch)
Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks; should be drunk young, 1 to 2 years.
Alcohol content: 12.5 % vol.
A mild, accessible red wine, especially appreciated by wine connoisseurs; fine ruby red; reminiscent of cherry and black current, with a discreet hint of violets; dry, mellow and velvety, with mild tannins and acidity but firm in the structure.
Excellent with local appetizers, pasta dishes, and white meats, farmer’s bacon, and cold cuts.
Serving temperature 14°C
Alto Adige Schiava Grigia 2011: Vernatsch of the year (Vernatschcup)
Alto Adige Schiava Grigia 2014: Vernatsch of the year (Vernatschcup)