Mosaic Wine Group visited one of the oldest wineries in the world, Abbazia di Novacella, in Alto Adige this week. This famed property was established in the year 1142 by Augustinian Monks and holds some of the most incredible relics, art and a library that gave us goosebumps. The Abbey continues to thrive today and remains financially independent from the state, supported largely by the 500,000 bottle production of world class wines from Abbazia di Novacella.
Above: Cathedral Ceiling at Abbazia di Novacella.
Abbazia di Novacella produces incredible wines from the Isarco Valley that include brilliant white selections Kerner, Sylvaner, Pinot Grigio, Müller-Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer, as well as red grapes Pinot Nero and Lagrein. We had the opportunity to tour this historic property and spend some time with managing director, Marco Scartezzini, who delighted us with the 2008 white wines and 2007 red wines.
Above: Marco Scartezzini of Abbazia di Novacella.
Among the highlights of the tour of Abbazia di Novacella is the library, boasting more than 20,000 volumes dating back to the 13th Century. These hallowed halls included some of the most incredible and priceless pieces of literature, including two Gutenberg bibles (of only 180 produced) and hundreds of hand-written and decorated volumes. The abbey also displays a breathtaking amount of art and antiquities throughout the estate. It was a breathtaking tour and one of the highlights of a wonderful visit to Italy.
Above: The Abbazia di Novacella library.
The wines of Abbazia di Novacella have consistently been lauded with great press and accolades, and in 2009 the winery received one of its greatest accolades, with winemaker Celestino Lucin being named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gambero Rosso. Mosaic Wine Group is honored to represent this historic property and looks forward to another fantastic year for Abbazia di Novacella in the Southwest United States.
Above: Celestino Lucin, winemaker of Abbazia di Novacella, with Jeremy Parzen of Mosaic Wine Group.
ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA: ON A MISSION FROM GOD!