Alto Adige is a prime source for excellent white wines from both native and international grapes. Because this region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1917, we will find many Germanic grape varieties here, such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Alto Adige’s Sauvignons and Pinot Grigios can be world-class, but its Chardonnays, as elsewhere in Italy, are generally less distinctive. Friuli-Venezia-Giulia produces very good Sauvignons, Pinot Grigios, and Pinot Biancos, as well as some delightful whites from native grapes like Ribolla, Malvasia, and Tocai.
The Lageder family has been active in the wine trade for more than 150 years. In 1855, Alois Lageder winery was founded the on the edge of Bolzano’s historic center. Over the years, through the untiring efforts of four generations, the Lageder family has succeeded in purchasing several vineyards and wine estates in some of Alto Adige’s best wine-growing areas.
Today the company is managed by Alois Lageder (born in 1950) and he is actively assisted by his sister Wendelgard, who is responsible for administration and public relations and his brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, the enologist.
The Alois Lageder winery comprises 50 ha of the family’s own vineyards, which are managed on the basis of biodynamic principles. The holistic approach is reflected in the wine-growing activities, the long-standing relationships with numerous grape growers and the ambition to create awareness for an agriculture that is in tune with nature. «For us, wine is not only a product of nature but also the expression of our attitude» says Lageder.
Developments in the vineyard as a microcosm are subject to a variety of influences: from the properties of the soil and the people who work there to such overarching factors as global warming and the movements of celestial bodies. All these influences are inseparably linked and are reflected in the features and quality of our wines.
For him his role is more accurately as midwives and educators. Their duty is to bring grapes into the world in good health with the greatest possible care, and to encourage the successful development of wines at all stages.
To that extent they strive constantly to think in terms of relationships on a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary basis, with the objective of striking a balance between the elements and in the interest of further dynamic development. That is the reason why, in addition to their commitment to sustainability, they also work to promote a variety of projects in the fields of music and arts.
A diverse array of wines are made by this producer including those from grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Moscato Rosa, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Schiava, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muller-Thurgau, Moscato Giallo, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Lagrein.
Alois Lageder, Cabernet Riserva 2014
On the warm sites around Magrè and Cortaccia, with their gravelly dolomitic limestone soils and an altitude between 240 to 350 metres, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon produce well structured wines. This grape variety has been part of the winery’s range for many years now. For the Riserva, the vinification process lasts at least two years.
The maceration is done in stainless steel tanks, and the malolactic transformation, is partly in barriques, partly in concrete vessels and partly in stainless steel tanks to keep balance and freshness.
This wine has a cherry-red color with a garnet shimmer. In nose a pronounced intensity of cherry, cassis, plums, blackberries and sweet spices. Medium-bodied with nicely integrated acidity, refined bitter and medium spicy finish. Suggested to pair with red meat such as beef and lamb.