Schiava Gentile | Red wine grape native to Italy, a member of the Schiava group of unrelated grape varieties. It is also known as Schiava Piccola due to its small (though sometimes medium-sized) bunches.

Wine style | Late ripening, low yields and small berries give it a reputation for producing quality juice. It is prized for rosato thanks to its perfumed aromas, light body and high acid.

Wines | Few true mono-varietal wines exist. Its reds are dark pink to pale ruby in hue with fresh red fruit (red currant, sour red cherry, strawberry) and floral notes (buttercup and violets).


See Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p69-70.