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The variety- Vernatsch
The first time the term Vernatsch (from the Latin term vernaculus, which means ‘indigenous’) was used in print dates back to the end of the Middle Ages, when we can read about the “Farnatzer” or “Vernetzer”. — Since the 16th century, it has played a central role in South Tyrolean wine cultivation. — There are several types of this Vernatsch grape variety, including the Gray, Large, Middle or ‘Tschaggele’-Vernatsch. The traditional ‘pergola’ method is the ideal cultivation method in growing this vine. The Vernatsch grape berry is relatively large with a thin skin, also making it an interesting eating grape. — The Vernatsch plays a dominant role in South Tyrol. Currently, about 30 percent of all cultivatable land is planted with this grape variety. The Vernatsch can also be found in a few locations in the Trentino region, where it is referred to as the ‘Schiava’ variety.