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 in Alto Adige since as early as the sixteenth century, and it is being grown with broader and broader distribution. In recent decades, the area planted was drastically reduced, and thus Schiava gained considerably in quality and right now is experiencing a Renaissance. As a light wine with moderate tannins, floral tones of violets and fresh berries, it is also a popular aperitif wine when chilled. The wines can be full bodied when from Santa Maddalena,soft when from Lake Caldaro and spicy when from Merano. In terms of food pairings, this allrounder shines especially with the traditional South Tyrolean cuisine.
Cultivation
608 hectares (1502.4 acres)
the area of cultivation for Schiava
11.0 %
out of the total area of cultivation in Alto Adige
Serving temperature
12° C. (54° F.)
Min.
-
14° C. (57° F.)
Max.
Pairs with
veal
Speck and cold cuts
Italian dishes
traditional dishes of Alto Adige
cheese
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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Additional Red Wine Varieties in Alto Adige
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