Among the oldest active wineries in the world, Novacella Abbey celebrates 880 years of history

Founded in 1142 by Blessed Hartmann, Bishop of Bressanone, it has always had a “mystical” connection with the country.: his birth is due to generous donations from farm and land, which soon reached 100 farms. Important Romanesque-medieval cultural center, its flowering night dates back to the Renaissance, as protecting its valuable manuscripts and works of art was surrounded by a wall that protected it from Turkish aggression but not from insurgent peasant women. The birth of the academic theological study dates back to Baroque and Rococo, to the neoclassicism of the famous library, witnessing with its 98,000 volumes of centuries of oppression, migration and reconstitution, from the wars of Tyrol to restoration, from fascism to to the Allied bombing in World War II. Protagonist of the events of its territory, as for the rings of a tree, all bears trace around its ancient heart, the abbey church and the monastery with the wave of wonders. It is the fascinating story of the abbey of Novacellaone of the oldest active wineries in the world and one of the most famous Italian “wine monasteries” which celebrates 880 years since its founding. A Place of religion, beauty and culture, nestled among the vineyards of Alto Adige, where the Augustinian cannons that have always lived there, today led by Abbot Eduard Fischnaller, produce great wines in the two companies located in the Isarco Valley in Novacella and Cornaiano included. the Marklhof Estate (800,000 bottles a year, 70% white, exported to 40 countries around the world), also grow fruit, practice high altitude, care for the forest and welcome wine tourists. In the with linguistic hospitality they will do so especially this year, in a 2022 of events and exhibitions to celebrate the historic anniversary, starting of course with an extraordinary and limited edition of only 880 magnum of “cult wine” inspired by one of the norms of the Augustine rule : de Sylvaner “Cor unum et anima una”.
Due to the generosity of Reginbert di Säben, Minister of the Chapter of Bressanone, the Cantina dell’Abbazia di Novacella already had several vineyards, as well as farm and country, recognized by Pope Alexander III at the time of its founding. After donations, inheritances, purchases and exchanges, the abbey has a striking vineyard heritage in which it is still housed, and which extends on slopes of 600 meters from the monastery to 900 meters above sea level, typical of the valley. Isarco. To attest to the hard efforts of the Augustinians for the planting of the vineyards are still the dry stone walls that cover them terraces.to reduce the slope. In this cultivation area, which is in the northernmost part of Italy, the conformation of the land gives the grapes all its singularity: the terroir, the synergy that arises from the encounter between territory, soil and climate, must be interpreted with “religious”. carealways offers new answers to the choice of the most suitable variety for each individual microcosm. In the Middle Ages, mainly varieties of red wine were grown, but with poor result: it actually seemed to be so sour that it compromised the health of the cannons. Finally, around the twentieth century, it was noticed that the area was better suited for the cultivation of white grapes. Today the white grape varieties grown in the 6 hectares of Novacella vineyards (which also have 12 hectares of apple trees and 0.2 hectares of aromatic herbs) are Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio, Riesminer, Gewürztra Blanc and Spices. . The reds of the abbey, on the other hand, are produced in Bolzano and Cornaiano. As early as the beginning of the 17th century, the Provost Markus Hauser bought the vineyards in the Conca di Bolzano, which still belongs to the abbey today. A rather far-reaching decision, just like the acquisition of the Tenuta Marklhof in Cornaiano at the beginning of the 20th century, which today has in addition to 13 hectares of apple trees and 24 hectares of wood 22 hectares of vineyards with Schiava, Pinot Nero and Moscato Rosa..
Novacella wines are synonymous with high quality and regionalism. The strict production standards are increasingly based on ecologically sustainable principles and the constant commitment to continuous improvement ensure very well structured and full of character wines year after year, the result of sustainable viticulture in response to climate change, as the last born in the “Insolitus” line (Ohm, Quote and Hora from Bronner, Pinot Bianco and Sylvaner Rebe and 2020, in Quote 2, Pinot Bianco in the Barrique and Ton, a Sylvaner who is in the Amphora in 2021 old). The grapes from the best vineyards, where “everything is perfect” – microclimate, soil, age of the vineyards – are chosen to produce the wines of the “Praepositus” Cru Linn, the highest expression of the territory, with great potential for Aging over. the years and regularly reviewed.by critics and major industry guides. But the abbey also contains 700 acres of wood and 400 acres of blast furnaces, partly intended as a hunting reserve, and every activity of the monastery has the task of providing products with an excellent quality / price ratio, so that the name of the house can make a mark of quality and reliability. Each sector must be economically autonomous, and the cellar, bar and wine shop must regularly make profits, which are used to cover the costs of restoration, rehabilitation and other investments of the abbey, but every year also 50,000 euros donated for projects. social networks around the world.
The arrival of the spring season always falls for the Novacella Abbey with the entrance and the heart of the many activities that animate the program of events that will enrich its offer for visitors until the autumn – explains Werner Waldboth, Sales Director of Abbazia di Novacella – but 2022 is a particularly important year for the abbey, which celebrates its 880-year history: the creation of a celebratory wine, the Sylvaner “Cor unum et anima una”, for exclusive for sale in the abbey wine shopstarted a period of holidays, full of many initiatives “. Wine shop where there are also over 200 products from monasteries and abbeys from all over Europe. In addition to the classic visits to the cellars and vineyards, and tastings in the typical pin cellar (the bar) of the wines of the abbey paired with Tyrolean specialties based on bacon, cheese, smoked ham and shake bread, the Abbey Museum, last year renovated and open to the public (50,000 visitors a year), which, in addition to the exhibition of many works of art, organizes exhibitions on various cultural and religious topics. It will be on stage until the end of May Exhibition “Ex voto”. by the artist Lorenzo Brivio, with a series of paintings dealing with the traditional theme of votive works and a contemporary key. And the 14th of May allows you to admire special guided tours the largest baroque painting in Tyrol, in the four hundred years since the birth of the British painter Stephan Kessler. Until May 22, the exhibition “Water Light Novacella” will display the works of Brigitte Kowanz, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell at the Castel Sant’Angelo, and walk in the abbey complex within a path that allows you to meet water in its diversity and light as a source of life. From 28 May to 3 September an exhibition celebrating the abbey’s founder, Artmanno di Bressanone, and at the same time the pictures of Proost emeritus Chrysostomus Giner are exhibited. On the same day, the San Floriano Choir, one of the oldest and most traditional in the world, will perform. It can also be visited from May onwards the historic garden of the abbey, a place of meditation, gathering and regeneration for the canons. From 16 to 30 July, a place for amateur painters from Novacella will be set up in Castel Sant’Angelo, from 1 August to 6 September Fiat lux will be presented by Albert Mellauner and the Ladino Artistic Group. Finally, from September 17th a special exhibition will be dedicated to games and leisure activities in the ancient monastery.
In addition to the production of wine and Education (for 90 pupils, children attending the convent school, dismantled section of the O. v. W. die Bressanone, with room and pension), also professional qualification and permanent education play a major role in the activity of the abbey. Committed to conforming to the spirit of the times, I 1970 the then Abbot Chrysostomus Giner pioneered a center for tourism. A little later, an ecological center for qualification and updating in the eco-social field was added. Over the decades, initiatives in this sector have led to the birth of a Convention Center for Education and Lifetime, run by a non-profit organization, which currently organizes seminars and courses aimed primarily at young people..

Important facts in the history of the abbey of Novacella
1142: Establishment of the convent of Bishop Artemanno of Bressanone
1190: Destruction of the first monastery complex caused by a fire
1198: Consecration of the abbey church
1370 ca .: Construction of the arcades of the monastery
1472: Change of presbytery
1625: Acquisition of winegrowers in the Conca di Bolzano
1669: Construction of the Well of Wonders
1735-1742: Reconstruction of the abbey church
1772-1778: Construction of the library hall
1807: Suppression of the monastery of the ruling Bavarian government in Tyrol
1816: Reconstruction of the monastery
1970: Establishment of a tourist center (now a convention and training center)
1987: Construction of a power station
Since 1990 management of activities inspired by eco-sustainable principles
1992: Construction of a wood chip plant with zero CO2 emissions.

Numbers & Curiosities of the Abbey of Novacella
2 acres of roof space
8 “Wonders of the World” (the eighth is the abbey itself) that decorate the Well of Wonders
Awarded 18 times with the “Three Glasses” by Gambero Rosso
18 built-in pairs
23 Augustine cannons
25 acres planted with apples
40 Exporting countries
58 Abte since 1142
88 hectares of vineyards, of which 28 are owned and 60 hectares are cultivated by connected wineries
106 Co-worker
365 Putti at the Abbey Church
400 Hectares of Mountain Meadows
700 Hectares of Wood
1,000 training and qualifying events per year sponsored by the Convention Center
50,000 visitors a year to the Abbey Museum
98,000 volumes and books kept in the library
350,000 liters of diesel are saved every year with the abbey Biomass
800,000 bottles of wine are produced per year (70% white and 30% red).


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