Schiava (or Vernatsch), Lagrein, and Gewürztraminer are the ambassadors of Alto Adige wine. They were already mentioned as early as the Middle Ages and actually originated in Alto Adige. For a long time, the high yield Schiava dominated. Lagrein was only vinted as a rosé (also known as Kretzer), while Gewürztraminer almost died out around 1900. Fifteen years ago, Alto Adige once again reflected upon its original varieties, and Lagrein has now become an emblem of the new Alto Adige red wine. Reductions in yields and strict selection have also brought about a renaissance for Schiava, Alto Adige’s light red wine. In terms of vineyard area, Schiava today makes up twenty percent. It is planted by nearly every winery. Lagrein makes up another eight percent, while a full ten percent is covered by Gewürztraminer – the parade aromatic white grape variety.

Worth Experiencing

Santa Maddalena (or St. Magdalener) is among the best-known Schiava wines. It grows on the hills of the same name in Bolzano, where the Oswald Promenade pathway winds its way above the city as far as the wine village of St. Magdalena.

In its zone of origin at Lake Kaltern, the Lago di Caldaro (Kalterersee) wine has to be measured against the quality standards of the Kalterersee Charter: strict guidelines regulate the yield, the work in the winery, the locations, and the grapevines.

A stroll from the Monastery Winery Muri-Gries at the Grieser Platz in Bolzano along the Guntschna Promenade pathway leads by estate wineries and also provides a lovely view of Bolzano’s Lagrein vineyards.

In the garden of the Hofstätter estate winery, any questions about the lifecycle and care of Gewürztraminer vines are clarified. In so doing, it is reveals that Gewürztraminer is a diva.