Lagrein wine grape
An Italian black grape with an Austrian name, Lagrein is found only in the Alto Adige/Südtirol and (rarely) neighbouring Trentino. It’s pronounced “lah-GRAH-een”, but the ‘e’ and the ‘i’ are so elided that it sounds very like “lah-GRYNE”, to rhyme with ‘wine’.
DNA analysis reveals that it is a child of the Trentino black variety Teroldego, and therefore a grandchild of Pinot. Its name may derive from the Lagarina valley in Trentino where it quite likely originated, though today it is mostly found further north in Alto Adige.
It produces deeply coloured wine with intense dark berry flavours, high acidity and firm tannins. In the past it was often made into rosé, or blended with the much paler and softer Schiava Grossa, but winemakers have learned how to tame its rustic tannins and it is increasingly seen as a varietal red. Warm sites, short macerations and barrel aging seem to be key, and it is now regarded as the best red of the region.
Decanting Club wines containing: Lagrein
From Alto Adige, Italy
Tramin, Lagrein, Alto Adige
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