Autumn in Italy 

Schiava is the Goldilocks of wine 

| National   Wine | Kaitlyn Goalen

WHAT’S HOT

How to Drink like a Frenchman

Sommelier Arnaud Tronche talks French wine for Bastille Day » tthearts145 SHARES

Find the Best Sour Grapes with Delectable

This easy app is your own personal sommelier » tthearts137 SHARES

In some parts of the country, the crisp corners of autumn are filling the air; in other places, it's as hot as ever. Such meteorologic schizophrenia brings up some tough decisions: what to wear, and, more importantly, what to drink.

To get you through shoulder season, memorize this word: Schiava. The wine grape, indigenous to the mountainous border of Italy and Germany, produces a red wine with all the grace and flexibility of a summer white. It is also refreshingly well-priced.

Here are three producers that we’ll be drinking through fall. As for your sartorial decisions, we’re afraid we can’t help.

2010 Gumphof Südtiroler Vernatsch ($18 for 750ml) Made by a father-and-son team, this organic wine is fermented with native yeasts. Bright with notes of cherry and embers, the wine sings when served with a slight chill.  (A little piece of wine vocab: Vernatsch is the German word for Schiava.)

2011 Alois Lageder Römigberg Kaltersee ($20 for 750ml) This classic expression of Schiava from Alois Lageder, one of the leading wineries in the region, stands out with a dry streak. But the pronounced fruit stands up to fat and spice beautifully.

2010 Terlan St. Magdalener “Häusler” ($19 for 750ml) Schiava is blended with another local grape, Lagrein, for this juicy, mineral-tinged beauty. Slightly rough around the edges, it’s the perfect bottle to drink at your Indian summer barbecue.

Buy a German Schiava
Read About More Italian Wines
  • article-action-print
  • article-action-savetodo
  • article-action-forward
  • article-action-report
(required)
(required)
(required)
am-btn-send
Close Button
Love wine?
X
Signup
Tasting Table Join