Schiava – The slave of the north

These are excerpts from an article by Grapefriend.

“Schiava! My new friend from Alto Adige. This used to be most grown grape in the region, basically used to make table wine in bulk. Schiava actually means “slave” in Italian – a real workhorse grape for them back in the day. Now people have dialed back the yields and are pumping out some really nice wines. It’s whole purpose is to be a very light, easy drinking red that you can even serve with a little chill. There’s always a note of tarragon/herbal goodness too which makes it phenomenal with charcuterie, especially the regional fave speck”.


“Schiava is often blended with a small dose of Lagrein – a super heavy red that gives a dose of color and tannin.


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