Schiava is an Italian grape variety with a long history, also known as Trollinger or Vernatsch in Germany.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Schiava is a red grape variety which produces light-bodied wines with a pale-red colour. On the nose, it usually displays pronounced aromas of strawberry, cherry, violet and almond. Its taste profile is fruity and fresh, with a balanced acidity and supple tannin levels.

Fresh Schiava grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Schiava is mainly cultivated in North Italy, mainly in the Trentino-Alto Adige. It is also found in Germany. Schiava is a vigorous variety and requires a careful control of the yield to ensure the quality. The grapes are usually harvested in late September and are used for a variety of winemaking styles. In the Trentino-Alto Adige, the best example of Schiava wines is from Santa Maddalena DOC, where Schiava is the leading role and can be blended with the dark, structured grape Lagrein. The wines are light to medium bodied, with a refreshing acidity and smooth mouthfeel. In Germany, Schiva is often blended with Blaufrankisch. Schiava's light-bodied character and fresh acidity make it a great pairing for a variety of dishes, from grilled vegetables to light pasta dishes. It can also go well with cold cuts like speck or prosciutto.

Foods to pair with Schiava:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Schiava
The name Schiava means "slave". It is believed to have a Slavic origin.

Top Wines with Schiava

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Elena Walch Schiava (Selezione)

Elena Walch

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Elena Walch Schiava (Selezione) is a delightful red wine from the picturesque region of Alto Adige in Italy. It is made from the indigenous Schiava grape variety. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's unique microclimate, with cool nights and warm days, resulting in optimal ripening conditions. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the best grapes, followed by gentle fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is characterized by its vibrant red fruit flavors, elegant structure, and a refreshing acidity. Elena Walch Schiava (Selezione) is a perfect choice for those seeking a well-crafted, expressive wine from this renowned Italian wine region.
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Weingut Loacker Morit St. Magdalener Classico

Weingut Loacker

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This St. Magdalener Classico from Weingut Loacker Morit is a light, easy-drinking red wine that displays intense aromas of ripe red fruit and cherry. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and smooth, with soft tannins and a pleasant acidity. Notes of cranberry, red plum, and baking spices linger on the finish. Enjoy this pleasing and versatile red with grilled meats, pizza, and hearty pasta dishes.
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