Lagrein

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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  • Trentino-alto Adige

      Trentino-Alto Adige is in the north section of Italy, bordering the Austrian and Swiss Alp...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Alto Adige

      Alto Adige is the north half of the larger region known as Trentino-Alto Adige, in norther...

  • Northeast

  • Trentino

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  • Südtirol

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  • Côté Tariquet

  • Alto Adige - Südtirol

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  • So we're all here and we see that many of us got bitten by the sweet white wine bug, only to move on? My wine life begn  ightIalandne, ent through almost everything else, ends with medium to light Italian red wines, only to start the circuit again, yes my tastes change, evolve and vary! So where did you start, where are you, where do you want to... Read More

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  • Zweigelt Loach IGT Radoar 2007

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    I just discovered this South Tyrol producer and wine and have become very fond ... The Rot (red) IGT (pinot and lagrein, is it?) is also lovely.However...this Loach IGT name has gotten mistakenly translated to naming DeLoach (US) as the producer. The producer is Norbert Blasbichler, Radoar, in Alto Adige, Valle Isarco, Ital Read More

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  • Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2005

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  • Obermoser Südtirol St. Magdalener DOC Classico 2007

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    Typic bittermandel & tannins, a real fruity and fine light red wine (in the summer drink with under 15 ° C). Combine with Pasta & Sugo, light meat (rabbit, chicken), light hard cheeses, Tyrolean breakfast, smoked meat (Speck, Prosciutto crudo,), Salami, etc. Read More

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  • We got started last time with a short list of cellarable wine values for the ... secret, but the Steinraffler Lagrein from J. Hoftatter is a remarkable wine that ages into a thing of beauty, and never fails to impress anybody who tries it! Seriously, it's got something for everybody. It’s not the cheapest wine on the block but at about $40 a ... Read More

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  • Conway Deep Sea Red 2008

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    varying berry fruit qualities, mostly blackberry, blueberry, currants and round oak characteristics. the palate offers those berry fruit components with hints of cocoa and more oak Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Conway Deep Sea Red 2008

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    This is a very spicy red, with a huge nose. It has lots of herbal qualities, dark fruits, cherries and lots of oak. Read More

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  • Weingut Niklas Sudtiroler Lagrein 2005

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    I bought 2 bottles of this over 2 years ago, at which time I cracked one open. I remember it being a delightful wine, full of spicy fruit and gamey flavours, so I was looking forward to opening the second one.The colour had definitely changed. From a deep purple it has matured into deep garnet with a brick rim. On the nose there are notes of dri... Read More

    Wine review by Benzibar


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