Abbazia di Novacella
Few estates, perhaps none, can look back and tell a long-lived wine history like that of the Abbazia di Novacella, where the order of Augustinians produces wine for almost nine centuries. Today the Abbey is first and foremost a spiritual place and, among the many activities, there is also one of the most important and constant flourishing wine production, entrusted to the skill of the oenologist Celestino Lucin.
Abbazia di Novacella is located in the northern-most winegrowing region on the southern side of the Alps, Alto Adige. The elevation, the cool climate and mineral-rich soils are all factors which explain the intense aromas and flavours of the typical white wines from the Isarco Valley, such as Sylvaner, Müller Thurgau, Kerner, Gewürztraminer and Grüner Veltliner. The varieties of red wines thrive, instead, in the vineyards of the Abbey, located in a southern part of Alto Adige; more in detail, the Lagrein from the Mariaheim vineyard in Bolzano, Schiava Gentile, Pinot Noir and Moscato Rosa in Marklholf estate in Cornaiano/Appiano.
The abbey produces wine from grapes grown in about fifty hectares and cultivated by 400 wine-makers on the sunny slopes around Novacella, ideal for mineral-rich white wines. Marklhof estate, instead, is owned by the monastery and it is located in the sandy and sunny hills of Cornaiano, where the Pinot Noir grows. The intense ruby-red Lagrein comes from alluvial soils in Bolzano’s slope, in particular from the vineyards around the small convent of Santa Maria.
The centuries-old experience in wine-making (the abbey produces wine since 1142), combined with the latest technologies and great professional passion for wine world, gives our wines personality and joyfulness that always distinguishes them.
Even today, the abbey financially supports itself thanks to cultivation and sale of its agricultural products, such as herbs and fruit, but especially the wine with which Abbazia di Novacella is getting great national and international successes.