The origin of the Vernatsch Vine is in South Tyrol. The Romans brought the Vernatsch (schiava) to the Rhine. The Swabians brought the first vines from South Tyrol to Germany in 1740. Hence the name Tirolinger, later Trollinger. The Italian name „schiava“ - Slave comes from this vine’s extreme fertility. In South Tyrol there are 850 hectares of the variety Vernatsch.