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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  • Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2011


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  • Hi everyone....I just finished uploading all our wines (and we have lots!) from Abbazia di Novacella.  Have you heard of these amazing wines??? and it is full of rich history too - a monastery in Alto Adige, Italy dating back to 1142 (yes, that's 870 years of history!).I am trying to get a feeling of how Snooth works....has anyone tasted the win... Read More

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  • Manincor Lagrein 2010


    Aromas of licorice, eucalyptus, cassis, lingonberry, spice, herb notes over black and purple fruit. Also, some Indian spice. On the palate, stringent fruit. Flavors of skins and stems. Dry. Tar, maduro tobacco leaf, iron and black pepper influences. Black plum and roasted meat jus. Very dark and burly.88 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Girlan Lagrein Cuvée Girlan 2011


    Intense white wine, pretty strong as for the alcoholic grade (14,5%). Clear and transparent straw yellow, very consistent at sight.Intense aromas with pretty complex flowery and fruity notes (apples).Slightly salty and acid enough, very persistent and equilibrated.An "important" white wine, not suggested for apetizers, but rather with white meat Read More

    Wine review by redpoz

  • Muri Gries Lagrein 2010


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    Wine review by dlellis

  • Pojer E Sandri Merlino 2000


    "Merlino" was my first discovery in the world of red sweet wines.Fortified with brandy, this red wine from schiava and lagarino grapes is an amazing dessert wine. With notes of mature red fruits and spices (chocolate) a warm, strong taste, it paries great with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz

  • Lagrein DOC Kellerei Kurtatsch-Cantina di Cortaccia 2011


    Dark ruby red wine with intesive and "tricky" aromas: its first notes may suggest an aged wine, while few and long legs, acid taste tell us this wine as still a long way to go.Very nice in mouth, mostly delicate with the tannins still developing all their potentials.Best tasted in 2 years or more. Read More

    Wine review by redpoz

  • Teroldego is almost exclusively produced in Trentino’s Campo Rotaliano, a ... its fruity side. Much like Lagrein to the north in the Alto Adige, Teroldego has undergone a revolution as of late. Pergolas have been replaced with Guyot and the wines are being crafted in a more concentrated style.Teroldego generally produces medium-bodied wines wit... Read More

    From the article Tasting Notes on Teroldego

  • The Alto Adige, one of Italy’s smallest and most northern wine regions, ... wine with lively acidity; Lagrein, a velvety, medium-bodied red with flavors of fresh cherries and violets; and Pinot Nero (or Pinot Noir), a well-structured wine with notes of dark berries and spice.While we might think of autumn as the time to return to reds, the off... Read More

    From the article Winning Wines to Ease into Autumn

  • Coming from the rugged Dolomite Mountains along the border of Austria in North Central Italy, Lagrein is the iconic red grape of Italy’s Alto Adige region. In some ways, the wines are similar to Syrah, though perhaps with a more obvious appeal and richer fruit in youth. At their best, these are medium-bodied and quite fresh, yet at the same time... Read More

    From the article Lagrein: The Iconic Grape of Alto Adige

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