Roanoke Valley Wine Company has represented the wines of Abbazia di Novacella for many years, varying our selection of wines from time to time to determine the best sellers in our markets. The most popular, by far, continue to be Pinot Grigio and Kerner.
The winery, which has been in production for more than 850 years, produces several white wines from the vineyards surrounding it, and red wines from grapes sourced from the next region south near Bolzano. The abbey owns and manages some vineyards of its own but also buys fruit from local growers. There are two levels of wine made for most varietals: the classic and the reserve “Praepositus” selection. Abbazia di Novacella offers a considerable value compared to other Alto Adige wineries, most likely due to economies of scale: about 55,000 12-bottle equivalent cases are made each year, and most other wineries in the area are much smaller.
The abbey itself is open to visitors and located in the northernmost region of Italy, Alto Adige, in the Alps, just south of Brenner Pass and Austria. This region is bilingual, but most people speak German as a first language. The property is a working, active abbey established in 1142 and currently contains a boarding school for almost 100 children and an Educational Conference Center. The Augustinian Abbey supports itself and cares for its parishes through the cultivation and sale of herbs and fruit, the Abbazia di Novacella wines and tourism to the Abbey, which encompasses the history-rich monastery and grounds, museum, gift shop and more.