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Schiava Abbazia di Novacella 2022
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Schiava Abbazia di Novacella 2022

Abbazia di Novacella

The Schiava by Abbazia di Novacella is a fresh and light red wine produced in South Tyrol and aged in steel for 6 months. The olfactory timbre is delicate and fragrant, composed of notes of wild berries, cherry, floral essences and hints of alpine herbs. When tasted it reveals a juicy, flowing and fruity texture, of great freshness

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Alto Adige/Sudtirol DOC


Schiava 100%


Alcohol content

12.5 %


75 cl Bottle


Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in steel with maceration on the skins for 5 days


6 months in steel tanks

Additional Notes

Contains sulfites


Schiava from the Abbey of Novacella is a fruity fragrant red that represents the oldest tradition in South Tyrol. Until the 1960s, this indigenous red grape variety was the most widely cultivated for the production of wines to be sold in bulk in the major markets of northern Europe. Only after South Tyrol's white wine revolution did Schiava give way to international white varieties and find its way back to quality in a few territories particularly suited to its needs. Vinification only in steel enhances its freshness and expressive immediacy, the true strengths of the grape variety.

Novacella Abbey's Schiava wine is a label produced by one of the oldest wineries in the region, which was already producing wine in the 22nd century. Today, it represents the most important entity from the Eisack Valley, with 26 hectares of its own vineyards and historic partnerships with many small growers. The white grapes are grown in the Varna and Bressanone area, while the Schiava vineyards are located in the Cornaiano estate and are cultivated at an altitude of 350 to 420 meters above sea level. The vines take root in soils consisting of moraine deposits of pebbles, gravels, and sands, which are very well drained and suitable for the vine. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with a short fermentation on the skins of only 5 days. Before bottling, the wine matures for six months in steel tanks.

Abbazia di Novacella's Schiava red is a wine with a classic profile, allowing the best appreciation of the characteristics of this historic native grape variety. It is an easy and flowing red, particularly ductile in table pairings. It is perfect with tasty and flavorful first courses or when paired with white meat main courses. In the goblet it has a light ruby red color, almost transparent. The nose offers fragrant aromas of raspberry, red currant, wild strawberry, cherry, floral hints and aromatic mountain herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate, with fine, delicate tannins and juicy, crisp aromas that anticipate a fresh, savory, slightly almondy finish. Also good to drink in summer at a cool temperature.


Light red ruby


Light, smooth, very fresh and fruity


Notes of wild berries, aromatic herbs and mountain flowers