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TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE

RIFF

TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE



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ABOUT THE WINERY

As one of the iconic wine producers of Alto Adige, Alois Lageder and his family have developed very close relationships with many of the other winegrowers of the province and beyond. The Riff project is both an auxiliary brand for Lageder and an outlet for the grapes of an extended network of small, quality-driven farmers outside Alto Adige. The Riff Pinot Grigio is an inexpensive but well-made négociant wine that is sourced, blended, bottled, and marketed by the acclaimed Alois Lageder winery. 

The name comes from the German word for reef, reflecting the ancient oceanic origins of the Dolomite Alps. Though now soaring thousands of feet above the plains of the Po River Valley to the south, the Alps were once part of the seabed, where the remains of untold sea creatures slowly hardened into limestone. Millions of years ago, tectonic forces began to push the ocean floor upward to become the Alps of today. The decaying limestone of that prehistoric “reef” is now a major factor in the vineyard soil of northern Italy. 

Begun in the mid-1990s, the goal of the Riff project is to produce premium quality wines with distinctive character and style, unquestionable quality, and extraordinary market value. The Alois Lageder winemaking team carefully selects the wines on-site for their body, texture, elegant aromatics, and crisp acidity. They are matured on their lees in stainless steel tanks, then blended and bottled at Lageder’s Löwengang winemaking facilities in Magrè, Alto Adige. The combination of grapes from numerous different vineyards in various locations gives the wines complexity and depth of flavor. The winery is currently undergoing an initiative with its winegrowing partners to have Riff certified organic by 2020.


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WINERY LOCATION: Alois Lageder Löwengang winery, Magrè, Alto Adige
WINE REGIONS: Delle Venezie DOC
VINEYARD LAND: 123 acres (50 ha) contracted
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable & Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Pinot Grigio
WINE STYLES: Dry white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 1,100,000 bottles (800,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1997
OWNER: The Lageder Family
WINEMAKERS: Jo Pfisterer, Georg Meissner, Paola Tenaglia

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RIFF DELLE VENEZIE DOC PINOT GRIGIO

The wines for the Riff Pinot Grigio are blended from selected vineyards in the foothills of the northeastern Italian Alps, which influence the climate and bless the region with prized alluvial limestone soils. The high limestone content is the geological result of coral reefs and fossils deposited at the bottom of an ancient sea that covered the region millions of years ago. The name Riff (German for "reef") refers to the Alps’ origin in that sea.

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Alois Lageder Löwengang winery, Magrè, Alto Adige

VINEYARD:
Selected from growers in Veneto and Trentino–Alto Adige

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