The original name of this autochthonous grape variety was Farnatzer or Vernetzer. Its first documented historical mention dates back to the end of the Middle Ages, and it has played a central role in Alto Adige winegrowing since the sixteenth century.
The Schiava grape, known in German as Vernatsch, produces a light wine that is low in tannins, with a moderate alcohol content and individual character that is typical to the zone. For example, the St. Magdalener (Santa Maddalena) is regarded fuller in body, the Kalteresee (Lago di Caldaro) is softer, and the Meraner (Meranese) is somewhat spicy.
Area under cultivation:
all of Alto Adige
almost exclusively on pergola trellis
both alluvial and gravel soils
Schiava (in Italian), Trollinger (in Germany)
12-14° C. (54-57° F.)
in general with all appetizers, especially with Tyrolean farmer's bacon, cold cuts, cheeses, traditional Alto Adige home cooking, veal