St. Magdalener is a red wine from Alto Adige (Südtirol) in Northern Italy.
The St. Magdalener is made from minimum 90% Schiava (Vernatch) grapes.
Strawberry flavors are typical for St.Magdalener, with hints of Roses and Flowers.
St.Magdalener is a light bodied, easy to drink, low tannic red wine:
St.Magdalener pairs best with aromatic light food.
Appetizers. Antipasti. Hors d’Oeuvres.
Cold Cuts. Salami. Ham.
Finger Food. Tapas.
Soups. Thai Soup. Tofu (Bean Curd).
White Meat. Chicken. Turkey.
Pork and Veal.
Soft Cheese. Fresh Cheese.
Alto Adige Specialities:
Alto Adige home cooking.
Tyrolean dishes. Tirolese Canederli.
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|Pinot Nero (Italy)|
The Burgundy glass is perfect for a light and fruity red wine.
The glass is broader than other red wine glasses.
The larger bowl has the function of accumulating the aromas of delicate red wines. It also allows a proper swirling, channeling the aromas upwards.
In addition, the style of the glass directs the wine to the tip of your tongue
for a better reception of the tastes.
Santa Maddalena was born in the on the slopes of Santa Maddalena, in the province of Bolzano.
The St. Magdalener DOC is subject to strict regulations:
The wine must be made from minimum 90% Vernatsch (Schiava) grapes.
Maximum 10% grapes from the same cultivation area is permitted.
5% Lagrein and 5% Pinot Noir is a typical combination.
St. Magdalener bottles has an informative label, stating where the wine is produced, which can be Santa Giustina (St. Justina), Leitago (Leitach), San Pietro (St. Peter), Guncina (Guntschna), San Giorgio (St. Geogen), Rencio (Rentsch) or Rena (Sand).
Schiava is a red wine grape originally cultivated in the Italian regions of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and Trentino.
It is known as Trollinger in Germany, Vernatsch in Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and Schiava in other Italian regions.
In Alto Adige (South Tyrol), Vernatch is a grape in several DOC's (Denominazione di Origine Controllata).
The best known is the Santa Maddalena DOC located east of the city of Bolzano in the South Tyrol/Alto Adige region.
In Italy, the grape is also called Schiava in several DOC's.
The best known are:
|Alto Adige / Südtirol Schiava DOC|
|Minimum 85% Schiava (Grossa and/or Gentile) + OARG|
|Valdadige / Etschtaler Schiava DOC|
|Minimum 85% Schiava + OANRG|
|Trentino Schiava DOC|
|Minimum 85% Schiava (Gentile, Grigia, and/or Grossa) + OANRG|
|Trentino Schiava Gentile DOC|
|Minimum 85% Schiava Gentile + OANRG|
|Lago di Caldaro / Caldaro / Kalterersee / Kalterer DOC|
|Minimum 85% Schiava (Gentile, Grigia, and/or Grossa) + OARG|
The most popular Trollinger grapes in Germany are the high yielding Schiava Grossa clone.
The majority of Geman Trollinger growns in the Württemberg region around the town of Stuttgart and in the the Neckar valley.
This is the fifth largest wine region in Germany with nearly a third of all plantings is Trollinger.
As a grape from Italy, Germany, and Austria, Schiava has many synonyms:
|St. Magdalener DOC||Schiava Gentile||Italy|
|Frankenthaler Blau||Schiava Gentile||Germany|
|Koelner Blau Blau||Schiava Gentile||Germany|
Trentino-Alto Adige is located in northern Italy. The capital is Trento.
Alto Adige is also called Südtirol (South Tyrol).
Italian and German are official languages, but the locals also speak Ladin.
Before 1918, Südtirol was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, but was annexed to Italy after the first World War.
Early wine production was dominated by Austrian red wines like Lagrein and Vernatch (Schiava).
Today white wines are more important, mostly Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, and Chardonnay.
Upcoming wines are Savignon Blanc and Pinot Nero.
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