Alto Adige Santa Maddalena 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Hügel), Colli di Bolzano (Bozner Leiten), and Santa Maddalena (St. Magdalener) are Schiava (Vernatsch) with the historical reference to location and with the unmistakable terroir characteristics. Santa Maddalena, from the very warm winegrowing area of the same name above Bolzano, is a fruity, full-bodied wine with a distinct aroma of cherries. The typical mild acidity lends the compact fruity sweetness a velvety balance.

Volume: 13,0 % by vol.

Grape variety: Schiava (Vernatsch), with up to 5% Lagrein

Vineyard location:  the hills of the classic Santa Maddalena area

Charateristics: a velvety, pleasant red wine

Color: ruby - red

Total acidity: 4,6 g/l

Residual sugar: 1,0 g/l

Cellaring potential: 2 to 3 years

Recommended pairings: with hearty appetizers, boiled or roasted red meat, and aged cheesew

Serving temperature: 14 - 15° C

Kurtatsch Santa Maddalena comes from the variety’s classic growing region in Santa Maddalena, near Bolzano, where it develops to its full potential in loose moraine debris.