Common synonyms: Lagarino, Lagrain, Lagrein Kretzer

Parentage of the grape: Teroldego crossed with Schiava gentile

History of the grape: First mentioned in the 17th century in the records of the Muri Benedictine monastery, this variety may hail from the Lagarina valley in Trentino. DNA profiling proved in 2004 that Lagrein is the product of a cross between Schiava Gentile and Teroldego. This grape variety is frequently added in small quantities to lighter, softer varieties such as Pinot Nero and Schiava. In such a role, it contributes acidity, color, and tannin. Lagrein is extremely productive, but when not overcropped, it can make truly formidable wines.

In 1988, Peter May of Melbourne University brought Lagrein to Australia. Small quantities of the variety are planted in the United States as well.

Characteristics of the grape: deep in color, firmly tannic, with good acidity and flavors of chocolate, herb, and plum. Can have a bitter finish.

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  • Tenuta Lageder Beta Delta 2008


    A nice, lightly wooded shoe leather and barnyard note greet the nose followed by soft plum skin and jammy black cherry aromas. This is bright and medium-bodied on the palate with a gamy edge to the wild cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate. The tannins are fine grained and add gentle support right through the modestly long finish, which show... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • San Pietro Alto Adige Lagrein 2009


    Started a little tight but opened great. Give it an hour and decant it next time. Read More

    Wine review by jpcowi

  • How things have changed. When I first joined Snooth which has been quite a while now I was drinking mainly reds, usually Shiraz and Rioja and not much else.Now I find myself drinking a wide variety and really enjoying every minute. I think i have now become a real 'wine lover', I can't get enough, not only drinking but talking and reading about ... Read More

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  • Lagrein Morus -Weingut H. Lentsch 2005


    Bright and brambly with focused minerality and a hint of smoke. While it has the characteristic Lagrein floral aromas, these are a bit laid back here. Really excellent food wine, especially with cheeses and charcuterie. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

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  • San Pietro Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2009


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Lagrein Alto Adige DOC Ritterhof 2010


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    Wine review by luca chevalier

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