Abbazia Di Novacella

Abbazia di Novacella
Located in the sleepy little burg of Novacella, in the Isarco River Valley, Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey's reputation as a winery is stellar and international. In 2009, Italy's influential Gambero Rosso named Celestino Lucin, the abbey's enologist, Winemaker of the Year.

The estate has long been known for producing world class white wines with a tremendous price/quality ratio. The white grape vineyards are in the town of Novacella, surrounding the abbey, while the red grapes grow further south. Schiava and Pinot Noir are planted near Lago di Caldaro, and Lagrein is planted near Bolzano. The soil around Abbazia di Novacella is mainly granitic schist, created by ancient glaciers; and the vineyards are quite steep. In the Isarco Valley, vines do not live much longer than 30 years, and the yields are miniscule naturally, producing wines that are aromatic, fresh, and rich. Though it is one of the oldest wineries in the world with over 850 years of winemaking experience, the cellar is entirely modern.

The lineup of wines is incredible! The range includes classics like Kerner and Pinot Grigio, as well as some lesser seen varietals like Veltliner and Moscato Rosa. While famous for their crisp, mineral-driven whites, the estate has also received acclaim for its "formidable reds." (Wine and Spirits Magazine). The aromatic Pinot Nero is one of the best that Italy has to offer.

The Praepositus line represents the absolute best expression of Abbazia's vineyards. They are not single-vineyard wines, but selections of the best fruit from the best sites.

Vineyard practices: While the daily tasks of running a monastery, school and world-famous winery have kept Abbazia from jumping through the bureaucratic hoops involved with Italy's organic certification, the centuries old estate is practicing organic.

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Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2017
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 Editor's Choice "Intense aromas of white rose, yellow stone fruit and citrus almost leap out of the glass on this fragrant white. Elegantly structured, the vibrant palate delivers apricot, orange zest and a hint of ginger while a smoky note lingers on the finish."  The Wine
Item Number: 32760
Case: $191.40

Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2017
88  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 88 "This pinot grigio shows its cool-climate origins in flavors of lemon pulp and tangerine. It has a subtle raw-almond note but the texture is more crystalline than creamy, with a pleasant tart edge that adds lift. (Oct 2018)"  THE WINE 100% Ruländer (Pinot Gris) from vines grown
Item Number: 30024
Case: $203.40

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2016
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 "Some pineapple and melon character on the nose. Medium, textured body, medium acidity and a fruity finish. Dry, too. Drink now. Publish Date: Friday, October 20, 2017"  THE WINE 100% Kerner from gravelly marine soils planted at 600-750m in elevation. Vinified in stainless

Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2016
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90 "A clean, delicious Pinot Grigio that hands out green apples, lemons and herbs. Light to medium body, fresh acidity and a mouth-watering finish. Drink now.”  THE WINE 100% Ruländer (Pinot Gris) from vines grown in gravelly marine soils at 600-750m elevation. 2/3 of the wine

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2015
100  Antonio Galloni 
James Suckling 91 "A white with sliced white peach and pear character. Medium body, bright acidity and a medium finish. One of the best kerners out there. Drink now Publish Date: Monday, November 21, 2016"  Vinous Media 90 "The 2015 Kerner, an Abbazia di Novacella signature, is terrific. Floral

Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2015
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Lots of lemon and slice lime and papaya. Medium body, bright acidity. The fruit builds on the palate. Really lively. This is an exciting white.”  Wine Enthusiast 90 "Structured and elegant, this lovely Pinot Grigio opens with delicate scents of white Alpine flower, citrus and

Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 2014
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88 "A well-knit and sleek version, with a streak of stony minerality underscoring the flavors of pink grapefruit pulp, apricot, white pepper and star fruit notes. Zesty finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made. –AN"  Wine Information: From gravelly morainic soil vineyards

Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2014
Wine Information:  Municipalities: Bressanone, Varna, Naz-  Sciaves  Elevation: 1969-2461 feet (600-750 m)  Soils: Gravelly morainal deposits  Exposure: south, southwest  Gradient: 25-40 %  Grape variety: 100% Ruländer  Training method: Guyot  Vines/ha: 6000-7000  Yield: 50 hl/ha  Harvest

Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 2013
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "I like the sliced-pear, lemon and mineral character to this white. Full body, tangy lemon and a clean finish. Wonderful Grüner. Not many made in Italy. Drink now."  Wine Information: From gravelly morainic soil vineyards in Bressanone, Varna and Naz-Sciaves at 1950-2450 feet

Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 2012
" From gravelly morainic soil vineyards in Bressanone, Varna and Naz-Sciaves at 1950-2450 feet above sea level (600-750mt). 6000 plants per hectare, yields of 60 HL per hectare. Vinified in stainless steel with indigenous yeast. Vivid green herbs and pepper on the nose with lots of intensity;

Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2012
" Pale straw yellow in colour with an attractive aroma of citrus fruits, peach and honeydew melon; medium rich, fruity and direct on the palate with orchard fruit flavours and tangy acidity on the finish. " ~ Winery notes  Municipalities: Bressanone, Varna, Naz- Sciaves Elevation: 1969-2461 feet

Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2008
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88"The 2008 Lagrein is a soft, harmonious red with beautiful fruit, lovely overall balance andlittle of the rusticity that typically is found in Lagreins at this level."