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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  • Törggelen: you aren't going to hear it in a VW commercial. It's not useful ... mushroom risotto, or try a Lagrein with a slow-cooked beef brasato. These velvety reds will warm you on a chilly day and perfectly complement hearty autumn dishes. Cap it all off with a real treat, Moscato Rosa, an aromatic, floral and liltingly divine dessert wine w... Read More

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  • Dipinti la Vis Lagrein Trentino DOC 2008


    The Lagrein varietal is indigenous to Trentino (far north Italy) and is made using grapes harvested from 15-20 year old vines. This is a charming medium body red wine. Soft tannins, cherry/berry on the nose, deeper spicy berry with hints of leather on the palate. Served at 60 F, after resting open for a bit. A STEAL at specs at 11 bucks, taste... Read More

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