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Martin Kilchmann has written an interesting article about the history and current situation of Schiava/Vernatsch. He writes, for example, about the areas of cultivation and the production numbers: 30 years ago, 60% of the 5400 hectares of vineyards in South Tyrol were planted with Schiava, today the figure is only 13%. Nevertheless, Schiava remains the most important South Tyrolean variety.

Kilchmann says: “The wine freaks have known it for a long time: They are looking for light, fruity, elegant drops with esprit. And they can find them in a Kalterersee, a St. Magdalener or Meraner. With its aromas of black cherries, plums and bitter almonds and its lively character, Vernatsch is back in fashion”.

Read the full report  (in german) hier.


*NEW* Vernatsch Rosé

Great news for all the ladies – and gentlemen!

Florian and Franz made a Vernatsch Rosé this year! This Rose is a Sagné from our St.Magdalener Vigna Rondell. A Sagnè means that at the beginning of the fermentation you take some juice out of the tank, without skins, so the juice doesn’t have a lot of color at that moment. The juice came from our single vineyard/cru St.Magdalener, this gives it a good concentration but also a lot of elegance at the same time. So the same characteristics that are key for our St.Magdalener Vigna Rondell. The varieties are 95% Schiava/Vernatsch and 5% Lagrein. The quantity is very limited, only 300 bottles were produced and not much is still available… so hurry up if you like to try some!