Abbazia di Novacella is a winery that sits atop the monastery of Neustift on the southern side of the Alps. It’s the northern most winegrowing region which falls under the Alto Adige AVA, and the wines here are absolutely electric. The cool climate and mineral rich soils plus the extreme elevation makes for some of the most intense and deeply concentrated flavors.
As you can imagine, the ripening period here is long and drawn out, extending well into late October while most of their southern neighbors are long done picking. Here, white wines such as Sylvaner, Kerner, Gewürztraminer and Veltliner are king, and these guys make some of the very best juice around.
I managed a few bottles of Wine Spectator’s #70 Wine of the Year for 2023. It’s the only Italian white that I could even find on the list – a crying shame, but a testament to just how special this one is.
91 Points, James Suckling
Fresh lemons, green apples, white grapefruit and lime blossom on the nose. Hints of herbs. So fresh, with a medium body, bright acidity and super clean, crisp finish. Drink now.
#70 Wine of the Year (2023), Wine Spectator
This light-on-its-feet white is dry, tangy and orangey, with blood orange granita, orange blossoms and juicy tangerine acidity accented by hints of fresh tarragon and salty mineral. Drink now.