Schiava (Vernatsch)

The Lightfooted Red on a Conquest Campaign

Schiava has got what it takes! This leading indigenous red variety of the region has been at home here since as early as the sixteenth century, and it is being grown with broader and broader distribution. In recent decades, it was drastically reduced in terms of area planted, and thus Schiava gained considerably in quality and right now is experiencing a Renaissance. As a light wine with moderate tannins as well floral tones of violets and fresh berries, it is also a popular aperitif wine when chilled. In terms of food pairings, this all-rounder shines especially with the traditional South Tyrolean cuisine: full of body as a Santa Maddalena, soft as a Lake Caldaro, spicy as a Meranese.
Schiava (Vernatsch)
573 hectares (1415.91 acres)
the area of cultivation for Schiava
10.2 %
out of the total area of cultivation in Alto Adige
Serving temperature
12° C. (54° F.)
14° C. (57° F.)
Pairs with
Speck and cold cuts
Italian dishes
traditional dishes of Alto Adige
Schiava (Vernatsch)
Preferred location
Especially at Lake Caldaro, around Santa Maddalena in Bolzano, and in the area around Merano, on alluvial and gravel soils on slopes up to 500 m (1,700 ft.) above sea level.
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Here is the multifaceted Schiava (Vernatsch) in its characteristics that are typical to the zone.

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Other relatives
Additional Red Wine Varieties in Alto Adige
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