The Schiava grape has been cultivated in South Tyrol since the Late Middle Ages. Up to the mid-1980s, it was the predominant variety in the region. Since then, increased interest in white wines and full-bodied reds has led to a downturn in the area under cultivation.
In the past, two areas proved to be particularly suitable for the Schiava grape: the Santa Maddalena hill north of Bolzano for a full-bodied, full-flavored wine and the area around Lake Caldaro for a more playful variety with softer fruit flavors.
In the early years of our winery, Schiava was absent from our range of wines. But the decision to clear an 80-year-old vineyard in the neighborhood gave us an idea: We took cuttings from the best of the Schiava vines and planted them in our own vineyard. Today they deliver the grapes that form the basis of our Schiava – together with a few percent complementary varieties (Negrara, “Gschlofne”, etc.) which were blended with the wines on Lake Caldaro in the past and today are minor components in the Schiava DOC.