Alto Adige Lago di Caldaro Scelto Classico DOC
When the Romans advanced from the Po Valley to Bolzano in 15 B.C. and conquered Rhaetia, they found a winegrowing culture that was already over five hundred years old. The presumption that the Schiava grape had already been planted at that time is naturally suggested: the German name for the grape, Vernatsch, is a derivation from the Latin vernaculus meaning “native”. In all of the old winegrowing regions of the world, the wines were first named after and known by their location and not by the grape variety. One need only think of the famous French examples, such as Côte du Rhône, Sauternes, Chablis, etc. With Alto Adige Schiava, the designation by origin according to region has also remained unchanged over the centuries: Lago di Caldaro (Kalterer See), Meranese di Collina (Meraner Hügel), Colli di Bolzano (Bozner Leiten), and Santa Maddalena (St. Magdalener) are Schiava (Vernatsch) with the historical reference to location and with the unmistakable terroir characteristics. Lago di Caldaro Scelto (Kalterersee Auslese) is a very soft, filigree Schiava. In the Mediterranean climate on the slopes that gently descend to the warmest lake in the Alps, the Schiava grape develops silky tannins and an abundant body of fruit that gets its flourish from lively acidity.
Volume: 12,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: Schiava (Vernatsch)
Vineyard location: the hills of Kurtatsch
Charateristics: a lively, fresh red wine with low tannins
Color: delicate ruby - red
Total acidity: 4,4 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,6 g/l
Cellaring potential: should be drunk young, 1 to 2 years
Recommended pairings: with hearty appetizers, farmer’s bacon, white meats, and mild cheeses
Serving temperature: 14° C
The Vernatsch grapes used to make Lago di Caldaro wine are cultivated in the growing area defined by the Lago di Caldaro DOC, which encompasses Kurtatsch. In this sandy soil with low percentage of loam, the variety thrives on hillsides between 280 and 450 meters, where it can develop its supple, fruity body.