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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(S): The Lageder Family
WINEMAKER(S): Jo Pfisterer & Paola Tenaglia

WINES

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 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 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 MÜLLER THURGAU VALLE ISARCO ALTO ADIGE DOC

This cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale, which was created by the Swiss botanist and oenologist Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau, finds ideal conditions in the cool climate of Valle Isarco and at elevations over 700 meters (2.300 feet). Sandy, gravelly and schist soils and the influence of the Alpine microclimate also contribute to the slow ripening of this variety.

ALOIS LAGEDER SCHIAVA ALTO ADIGE DOC

Schiava is a grape variety native to Alto Adige that, until the 1970s, was central to winemaking in the region.  For this reason, the region was more well-known for its red wines than white wines for decades.  Historically known for producing light-bodied and lighter-colored wines, in recent years Lageder has started experimenting with Schiava to push the boundaries of the varietal's potential, creating wines with increased levels of concentration, weight and structure, while maintaining balance, elegance and freshness.  

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 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 “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 harvest 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.

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 "FORRÁ" 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 “CONUS” LAGREIN 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 on 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 “LOWENGANG” CHARDONNAY VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

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 “KRAFUSS” PINOT NOIR VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITI IGT

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 "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.

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Magrè, Alto Adige

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Alto Adige

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95
MAY 2021
Alois Lageder "Cor Römigberg" Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Adige DOC 2017

Complex earthy, balsamic, dried-herb and spicy aromas pour from the glass of this embryonic cabernet. Tons of fine tannin are packed into the medium-to full-bodied palate, and they build to an impressive crescendo at the very long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better from 2023.

92
FEBRUARY 2020
Alois Lageder “Haberle” Pinot Bianco Alto Adige DOC 2018

Pale straw-green. Perfumed, delicate and varietally accurate pear and white peach notes on the nose are complemented by white flowers. Then juicy, dense and vibrant, offering flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes mellow but fresh and very long, with elements of orchard fruit and minty herbs. Very well done.

90
APRIL 2021
Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2019

Lively acidity and tangy salinity drive this creamy, light-bodied white, whose flavors of pineapple, apricot and lemon thyme show a zesty orange peel edge, followed by a lingering finish. Drink Now. 

91
SEPTEMBER 2021
Alois Lageder “Porer” Pinot Grigio Alto Adige DOC 2019

Aged partly in steel and partly in big wooden barrels, the 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Porer (an organic and biodynamic wine) shows tinges of amber and copper that make for a so-called "ramato" styled white (or rosé). The bouquet is expressive and bright with peach, ripe apple and a spicy hint of curry leaf or saffron. The lean-bodied wine shows good depth and dimension and ends with extra structure and a drying hint of crushed mineral. You might pair it with a shrimp étouffée.

96
AUGUST 2020
Alois Lageder “Lowengang” Chardonnay Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2017

Flamboyant white with the full, Burgundy work on it, showing ripe apples, pie crust, yogurt and toasted coconut. It’s full-bodied with a dense, layered palate and so much fruit. Oily and powerful. One of the best Löwengangs I have tasted. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

92
FEBRUARY 2020
Alois Lageder “Lowengang” Chardonnay Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2016

Pale golden yellow. Opulent aromas and flavors of ripe yellow apple, banana, custard cream, puff pastry and vanilla. Then big, suave and ripe, with nicely lifted flavors of ripe orchard and tropical fruit complicated by very well dosed, high-quality oak. Closes long and suave. Well done.

94
SEPTEMBER 2021
Alois Lageder “Lowengang” Chardonnay Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2018

The organic and biodynamic Alois Lageder 2018 Chardonnay Löwengang offers a medley of ripe fruit and apricot with soft spice and toasted cinnamon. Aged mostly in barrique and some larger wooden barrel, the oak is well balanced overall, owing more to the textural richness of the mouthfeel, as well as to the warm and toasted notes that appear on the bouquet. There is plenty of soft fruit to flesh it out. This wine is prime for a generous 10-year drinking window.

93
NOVEMBER 2020
Alois Lageder “Lowengang” Chardonnay Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2017

The 2017 Löwengang Chardonnay lifts from the glass in a rich and sweet display of tropical fruit and citrus with white flowers, orange blossom and a hint of raw honey. It’s medium-bodied and elegant to the core, lifted by vibrant acids and saline-minerality, while leaving a hint of vanilla bean that lingers on and on. This is so perfectly balanced and poised yet still showing the textural heft of its barrel fermentation, coupled with the old vines that produce this fruit. You could lose the Chardonnay Löwengang in your cellar for the medium term or enjoy it now on its extroverted aromatics and suave character.