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TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

ALOIS LAGEDER

TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE



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Driving north from Verona and the Lake Garda area in northeastern Italy, the autostrada enters the Alpine valley of the Adige River. Steep glacially carved walls line the valley, castles and fortresses perched every so often on one side or the other, keeping guard as they have for centuries. Half an hour into this narrow passageway, after passing the city of Trento, the autostrada enters the heart of Trentino–Alto Adige’s winegrowing (and apple-growing) district, with the entire valley floor carpeted with vines and orchards. In the center of this district, a little north of the border between the region’s two provinces—in Austrian-influenced Alto Adige or Südtirol—is the charming little village of Magrè (or Margreid in German). Though at first glance the town looks like a sleepy if well-preserved burg that time forgot, Magrè in fact hides the headquarters of the Alois Lageder winery, one of Alpine Italy’s finest producers. 

The inconspicuousness of the Lageder presence in Magrè is emblematic of the winery’s intent to fit in seamlessly with the local community and the natural environment in this bucolic, pristine setting. Lageder works hard to be a good neighbor and a good steward of the land by practicing biodynamic farming, doing their part to mitigate any harmful effects of their winemaking facilities, and helping their grower-partners and others in the valley to do the same. 

Founded initially as a wine merchant in the city of Bolzano in 1823 by Johann Lageder, the company is closing in on its bicentennial in the wine industry. Over the years, the family began producing their own wine and growing some of their own grapes as well. A major milestone came in 1934, when Johann’s great-grandson Alois purchased the Löwengang wine estate in Magrè, shifting the company’s focus from merchant to producer. Over time, the family acquired other well-positioned vineyards in Alto Adige and entered into purchase agreements with many of the small growers around Magrè. 

The current owner of the estate is Alois Lageder IV, the son of the man who bought the Löwengang estate. Alois IV took control of the company in the mid-1970s, alongside his sister Wendelgard and her husband, enologist Luis von Dellemann. His son Alois Clemens Lageder, representing the sixth generation of family ownership, recently stepped into the management-helm of the winery. 

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WINERY LOCATION: Magrè, Alto Adige
WINE REGIONS: Alto Adige DOC, IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti
VINEYARD LAND: 125 acres (50 ha) owned and 270 acres (110 ha) contracted
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable, Organic & Certified Biodynamic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau, Moscato Giallo, Schiava, Lagrein, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE STYLES: Dry red, dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 1,200,000 bottles (900,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1823
OWNER: The Lageder Family
WINEMAKERS: Jo Pfisterer, Georg Meissner, Paola Tenaglia

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ALOIS LAGEDER "COR RÖMIGBERG" CABERNET SAUVIGNON ALTO ADIGE DOC

In the 1980s, discussions with wine-growers from all over the world such as Robert Mondavi, the famous pioneer of wine-growing in America, and various chateau owners in the Bordeaux region encouraged Alois Lageder to introduce Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot in the form of wire trellis system as a replacement for the traditional Schiava. The result, in 1986, was Alto Adige’s first major vineyard with densely planted Guyot-trained vines – a fact that caused much discussion. This site has traditionally been called "Herz" (German for heart or Cor in Latin) and has given the wine its name.

ALOIS LAGEDER "FORRA" MANZONI BIANCO VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

In the 1930s Manzoni Bianco was created by Prof. Luigi Manzoni, director of the renowned Conegliano Research Center, by crossing Riesling and Pinot Bianco. Its characteristics include loose-berried clusters, thick skins, high acid levels, and lower concentrations of sugar. Those features make Manzoni Bianco attractive for Alto Adige given today’s increasingly extreme weather patterns. Lageder accentuates its flavor profile by leaving the grape juice in contact with the skins for several days.

ALOIS LAGEDER CHARDONNAY ALTO ADIGE DOC

The Chardonnay grape variety was introduced to Alto Adige by Archduke John around 1835 and later promoted by the founder of Italy’s first school of enology. Originally known as Yellow Pinot Bianco, the variety became popular in Alto Adige in the 1980s. The grapes come from sites around Cortaccia, Magrè, Pochi, and Salorno that have the chalky gravel soils that are ideal for growing Chardonnay.

ALOIS LAGEDER LAGREIN ALTO ADIGE DOC

Lagrein is the result of a natural crossing of Trentino’s Teroldego and another native grape variety and is a relative of Syrah. It was first mentioned in association with Alto Adige in a historical document dated 1370 and has become an icon of winegrowing in Alto Adige. Lagrein flourishes in warmer sites in the Adige River valley around Bolzano where the soils are high in sand content, gravel, and porphyry.

ALOIS LAGEDER PINOT NOIR ALTO ADIGE DOC

Alto Adige is one of the few winegrowing areas of Italy with optimum conditions for Pinot Noir or Pinot Nero, which is why it is today one of the main local red wines. Pinot Noir prefers cool, well-ventilated sites and calcareous gravel soils with a high loam content. The Lageder Pinot Noir comes from selected sites in Appiano, Cortaccia, and Pochi and offers a combination of finesse and body.

ALOIS LAGEDER SCHIAVA ALTO ADIGE DOC

Schiava is a native grape variety that until the 1970s was central to winemaking in Alto Adige, which is why it was long considered a red wine region. As Schiava prefers the shade, Lageder continues to train the vines with the traditional pergola trellis system.

ALOIS LAGEDER TERRA ALPINA PINOT BIANCO VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

The wines from Alois Lageder’s Terra Alpina project are part of the winery’s collaboration with growers in neighboring communities to produce excellent wines representative of the Dolomite region. In the foothills of the Dolomite Range, cool Alpine and warm Mediterranean influences meet to create fresh, precise, and expressive wines with a character influenced by the prevalent Dolomitic limestone. Lageder’s holistic understanding of nature and the winery's centuries of experience help to ensure the selection of the best terroirs and the optimal exploitation of the special climatic, geological, and topographic conditions in the area.

ALOIS LAGEDER TERRA ALPINA PINOT GRIGIO VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

The wines from Alois Lageder’s Terra Alpina project are part of the winery’s collaboration with growers in neighboring communities to produce excellent wines representative of the Dolomite region. In the foothills of the Dolomite Range, cool Alpine and warm Mediterranean influences meet to create fresh, precise, and expressive wines with a character influenced by the prevalent Dolomitic limestone. Lageder’s holistic understanding of nature and the winery's centuries of experience help to ensure the selection of the best terroirs and the optimal exploitation of the special climatic, geological, and topographic conditions in the area.

ALOIS LAGEDER “CONUS” LAGREIN RISERVA ALTO ADIGE DOC

The name Conus, Latin for “cone,” is a reference to the talus cone above the winery’s town of Magrè. This cone is an accumulation of rock and scree that has fallen off the dolomitic limestone cliff behind it, forming a gentle slope of loose limestone soil. Alois Lageder has been growing Lagrein grapes in the Magrè talus cone for more than a decade and has found that the calcareous nature of the soil is one of the keys to this wine’s round and fruity character.

ALOIS LAGEDER “HABERLE” PINOT BIANCO ALTO ADIGE DOC

Haberle is a blend of Pinot Bianco from two different sites in Alto Adige, with geological, microclimatic, and cultural contrasts. The grapes come partly from the Haberlehof in Pochi on the eastern side of the Adige Valley and partly from sites on the western side in Penone above the winery in Magrè, both offering optimum conditions for this grape variety.

ALOIS LAGEDER “KRAFUSS” PINOT NOIR ALTO ADIGE DOC

The Krafuss residence, which has survived largely unchanged since the Renaissance, is owned by Roland Riz, Alois Lageder’s father-in-law. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, the historical building reflects the economic significance that the vineyards in the area above San Michele Appiano enjoyed as early as the Middle Ages. In 1991, the vineyards atop a gentle hill were rehabilitated and planted with Pinot Noir. The combination here of elevation, exposure, soil, microclimate, and good ventilation create a mix that is ideal for Pinot Noir, which is a traditional variety in the area. In 2013, Lageder made the transition to biodynamic working, and now there are again sheep grazing on the edge of the village of Appiano.

ALOIS LAGEDER “LOWENGANG” CHARDONNAY ALTO ADIGE DOC

Alois Lageder’s Löwengang Chardonnay has played a major role not only in the success of the wine estate itself but also in establishing Alto Adige's status as a quality wine region. Beginning with the 1984 vintage, Löwengang Chardonnay became the first white wine from the region to be successfully positioned at an international level. The estate comprises several smaller plots that react differently to the influences of the local weather every year. Lageder does not try to make a uniform product with this wine, but rather responds to annual conditions to make every vintage unique. The name Löwengang derives from a historical residence of the same name in Magrè that has been in the possession of the Lageder family since 1934.

ALOIS LAGEDER “PORER” PINOT GRIGIO ALTO ADIGE DOC

Porer is pure Pinot Grigio, but it is far from a simple wine. This is a winemaker’s wine, all about the joy of experimenting and bringing different techniques together to produce a fascinatingly complex product. One part of the grapes was pressed immediately after their arrival at the estate to keep the fresh flavors and aromas. Another part was kept on the skins for 15 hours and the third part was in contact with stems and skins for about one year, absorbing color, some tannin, and other rich flavor components. The three parts are then blended to create a Pinot Grigio that is an intriguing combination of freshness, depth, and ageability.

ALOIS LAGEDER “ROMIGBERG” SCHIAVA VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

The northwest shore of Lake Caldaro lies at the foot of a spectacular steep slope that is one of the best sites in the region. Here, Alois Lageder’s Römigberg vineyard is a 20-acre monopole that comes very close to the winery’s ideal of a farm as a self-contained living organism, with great importance attached to coexistence for human beings, animals, and plants. At Römigberg, cows, donkeys, and sheep graze between the vines and the olive and loquat trees. Bees, chickens, geese, and peacocks are among the other denizens of this very special habitat. The Schiava vines are trained using the traditional pergola trellis system, which in view of climate change and the accompanying increased alcohol content in the wines, offers better protection for the thin-skinned berries and retains the freshness and lightness of the Römigberg Schiava.

ALOIS LAGEDER “VOGELMAIER” MOSCATO GIALLO ALTO ADIGE DOC

Moscato Giallo is a relative of the more familiar Moscato Bianco—the Moscato grown in Piedmont and around the world. The natural conditions of Alto Adige are well suited to Moscato Giallo, particularly in sites such as the Vogelmaier vineyard, located in a small side valley on Lake Caldaro, ventilated by cool downslope winds at night. Unlike most Moscatos, this is a dry wine, with the typical sweet aromatics of the Moscato family but a fresh, dry finish.

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Magrè, Alto Adige

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Alto Adige

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