Alois Lageder

Alois Lageder

Trentino-Alto Adige

Among the most important private wineries in South Tyrol, Alois Lageder is today the emblem of how mature the wine production of this region can be. Standard bearer and convinced practitioner of biodynamics, he brings together a tradition devoted to the exaltation of the raw material, often working with single-variety products and promoting an “organoleptic philosophy” oriented towards pleasure and ease of drinking, rather than muscles and structure.
A family history, that of the Lageder, began in 1823 and which since 1934 has laid its solid foundations in Magrè, on the Wine Route (Margreid), through the purchase of the historic Löwengang estate. Here the family began to bring the grapes from the various vineyards owned and started the conferment by third-party winemakers.
Several generations of “Alois” have succeeded over the years with the last, Alois IV, protagonist of the estate’s rise to the great wine stages since the seventies of the last century, introducing quality and innovation both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Among the first to apply biodynamics to viticulture.
It is likely that the territorial context played a decisive role in embracing the Steinerian philosophy, with vineyards located on plateaus or steep alpine slopes where plants and animals have always played a decisive role, either for the traditions of the territory, or to make up for it, above all in the past, the shortage of agricultural technology.
Although respect for the natural cycle is at the center of Lageder’s project and philosophy, innovation and experimentation in the cellar and in the vineyard are today inseparable characteristics of the way of making wine in Magrè, with a view to looking at the market but also and above all, to fully understand the evolution of nature and how a wine producer must adapt to it.
In the heart of the Lageder winery, years of agronomic and oenological studies lead to understand how to maximize the final product coming from a given territory by acting on certain variables, even breaking ones, experimenting with the introduction of allochthonous vines in the mountains, trying to make wine using stalks and bunches in contact with the must or by assembling cuvée of still wines from several thousandths aged in cask.
This and more behind Alois Lageder: a producer who already amazes with excellent wines and who, at the hands of the current generation led by Clemens, will reach new and ambitious goals in full compliance with family traditions and South Tyrolean territoriality.

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  • Löwengang Chardonnay is the symbol of the Alois Lageder Estate, and the name of the building that houses the winery in the centre of Magrè, on the South Tyrolean Wine Road. This flagship product has made the winery a player on the international scene since the 1980s, influencing the quality of all products defined as South Tyrolean.

    Not far from the winemaking cellar stand rows of Chardonnay, grown at an altitude of between 230 and 330 metres on sandy, gravelly and calcareous soils, which persist on a ridge behind the town of Magrè.

    The mature vines, some of which are up to 73 years old, are grown under a certified biodynamic regime and therefore with great care and respect for the environment they grow in. The grapes were harvested and selected exclusively by hand between the end of August and the beginning of September 2017.

    In the cellar, the Löwengang ferments spontaneously in wood and remains in contact with the lees for up to a year, and then rests in the bottle before being placed on the market, in this case in March 2020.

    Each vintage is a world unto itself, an oenological masterpiece based on the interpretation and best combination of grapes from the individual Magrè plots. 2017 stands out for its elegance and brilliance in the glass, a complex olfactory bouquet that ranges from summer fruit to yeast, butter and smoky notes, before releasing flavour in the mouth that is never intrusive, supported by a nice acidity, body and harmony.

    The sip is fresh and long, ideal conditions for a great longevity.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • South Tyrol’s vocation for producing great Pinot Noirs has been known for many years: the region is recognised internationally as the best Italian territory for this grape. Although it is widely acknowledged how well suited Mazzon hill is to the cultivation of Pinot Noir, Alois Lageder demonstrates that other territories, such as that of San Michele Appiano, are also able to support the birth and growth of great wines, as in the case of Krafuss. The estate surrounds a Renaissance farmhouse at an altitude of 450 metres and comprises mixed soils (clay, moraine, dolomitic rock) facing south-east on a slight slope, with 26-year-old high-density vines cultivated under a certified biodynamic regime, with breathtaking views towards the Val d’Adige, the Bolzano plain and the Dolomites. The conditions are ideal for allowing Pinot Noir to grow, thrive and express itself.

    2017 was a hot year that led to the harvest being brought forward to the last week of August without affecting the quality of the raw material, which was treated with great respect and delicacy to encourage the action of indigenous yeasts in the cellar. Lageder wisely alternated the use of steel with wood barrels of various sizes and passages before bottling in April 2019 and then making the product available about a year later.

    2017 is characterised by depth and refinement, introduced by a transparent ruby ​​colour tending to garnet, which reveals a structured and variegated olfactory bouquet, from red forest fruits to spices, pepper and clear mineral and saline notes. The sip is elegant, velvety and harmonious, with soft and well-tamed tannins that anticipate great persistence in the mouth.

    It is difficult to forget the Krafuss, but easy to come back to.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • Löwengang Chardonnay is the symbol of the Alois Lageder Estate, and the name of the building that houses the winery in the centre of Magrè, on the South Tyrolean Wine Road. This flagship product has made the winery a player on the international scene since the 1980s, influencing the quality of all products defined as South Tyrolean.

    Not far from the winemaking cellar stand rows of Chardonnay, grown at an altitude of between 230 and 330 metres on sandy, gravelly and calcareous soils, which persist on a ridge behind the town of Magrè.

    The mature vines, some of which are up to 73 years old, are grown under a certified biodynamic regime and therefore with great care and respect for the environment they grow in. The grapes were harvested and selected exclusively by hand between the end of August and the beginning of September 2017.

    In the cellar, the Löwengang ferments spontaneously in wood and remains in contact with the lees for up to a year, and then rests in the bottle before being placed on the market, in this case in March 2020.

    Each vintage is a world unto itself, an oenological masterpiece based on the interpretation and best combination of grapes from the individual Magrè plots. 2017 stands out for its elegance and brilliance in the glass, a complex olfactory bouquet that ranges from summer fruit to yeast, butter and smoky notes, before releasing flavour in the mouth that is never intrusive, supported by a nice acidity, body and harmony.

    The sip is fresh and long, ideal conditions for a great longevity.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

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