Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 750mL Italian White Wine 750 mL
About the Abbey: “Located in the town 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 importer
About Gruner: We introduced this wine to show that Gruner Veltliner is not only an Austrian grape, though in this part of Italy it’s hard to tell where Italy ends and Austria begins.
About the vineyards and the wine: “From vineyards nestled in the Alps at an elevation of over 2,000 feet above sea level comes this beautifully fresh and vibrant Grüner Veltliner. From the glass leaps notes of crunchy orchard fruits and both the blossom and zest of citrus. On the palate you’ll find much of the same, along with a hint of pea shoots and a taut spine of gravelly minerality.” The Winery
91 rating James Suckling
“Fresh and mineral gruner with notes of lemon peel, green apples, jasmine and wet stones. It’s clean and clear, with excellent texture too. Medium-bodied. Why wait? Drink now.”