Nals Margreid 2018 Vernatsch 'Galea'

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Alto Adige is mostly known for its white wines, but there are also some excellent reds, from both international and local varieties, but as ever, it is the latter that interests us at Noble Grape the most - Vernatsch is one such variety, also known in Italian as Schiava. Nals Margreid makes a few different version from this variety, we are particularly struck by their 'Galea' which is made from very old vines, over 100 years old, from a single, south facing vineyard. The wine is medium bodied, with aromas of black cherries, and subtle spices with the palate being fresh and lovely with a pleasant dark, autumnal bitterness to the fruit

The Wine Region

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Alto Adige

Alto Adige along with Friuli could be considered as the source of Italy’s greatest white wines. The region is bilingual with road signs and town names having both Italian and German versions and was the last region to join unified Italy in 1919, having previously been part of the Austria-Hungary Empire. The climate is influence by the Alps with vineyards planted on the steep hillsides of the Adige Valley. The varieties planted here are a mix of internationals such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc alongside the local specialities, but our preference at Noble Grape is for the latter such as Pinot Bianco, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Schiava, etc.

We are delighted to present the wines from two wineries, Nals Margreid and Tramin, each having their own specialities. The former is renowned for their Pinot Biancos and can boast the region's best example from this variety, Sirmian. Tramin is, among other things, a specialist in Gewürztraminer. You may be forgiven for thinking that Alsace is the spiritual home of this variety, but we would canvass that it is in fact, here, in Alto Adige, that a more convincing claim could be made since the variety is named after the town of Tramin.

The Producer


Nals Margreid

Nals Margreid is a co-operative, or Cantina Sociale in Italian, which has around 138 members, farming 160 hectares of land. Since 1932 the winery has been at the forefront of winemaking in this part of Italy, Alto Adige. The winery is found in the beautiful village of Nals, and is quite a stunning piece of modern architecture in one of Italy's most dramatic wine regions, in the heart of the Dolomites in the Pre-Alps. The stunning vineyards are located on the hillsides reaching 800M in elevation. The wines are noted for their crystalline purity: to paraphrase world-renowned wine writer and Italian wine guru Nicolas Belfrage MW, the wines taste like drinking from a cool mountain stream.

Nals Margreid produces a huge variety of wines from all the local varieties, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling Italico, Moscato Giallo, Pinot Grigio etc, but they are most renowned for their Pinot Biancos, with the top of the range being their single-vineyard Sirmian, which at the last count had won Gambero Rosso's top award 'Tre Bicchieri' ten years in a row, and White Wine of the Year for their 2012 - quite an accomplishment.

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