The best wines made in the monasteries


Abbazia di Novacella is one of Italy’s northernmost wineries, located near the Austrian border (via Open a Bottle). The soil here contrasts sharply with the rich, fertile soils often associated with the Mediterranean (via ScienceDirect). Instead, as Skurnik reports, the ground surrounding Abbazia di Novacella is made up of schist, a rustic and metamorphic soil.

While posing challenges to anyone wishing to hoe a vegetable garden, shale brings many benefits to winegrowers. Speaking to Wine Enthusiast, Mike Evans, Founder and CEO of The Vines, explained “On the way [down], the roots absorb a lot of minerals, which is known to give low yields of small, thick-skinned grapes but a high concentration of flavor, color, acidity and tannin. The result is very intense and aromatic, often big and bold… but always with lots of what we call “mineral” notes. »

Celestino Lucin, head winemaker of the Abbazia di Novacella has definitely put the soil and the vines to good use. Voted Winemaker of the Year in 2009 by Gambero Rosso (a multifaceted Italian wine platform), Lucin wisely guided Abbazia di Novacella, developing a reputation for producing exceptionally good, inexpensive bottles (via Skurnik) . The abbey is best known for its Kerner, a light wine with palate-cutting citrus and of course, mineral notes (via One Brilliant Bottle).


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