About This Vineyard
Italy’s Alto Adige region consists of mountainous countryside just over the border from Austria, in the northeast of the country. It’s a region where 94% of the land is over 1000 m in elevation, and from photographs it appears to be spectacularly beautiful. Alois Lageder is considered by many to be the leading producer here. His family have been active in the local wine scene for 150 years, and currently own 17 ha of vines.
They also source a substantial portion of their grapes from a network of more than 150 local growers. This is almost a necessity in a region where vineyard holdings are highly fragmented. Lageder emphasizes the importance of respect for the soil. The wines are made by Alois’ brother in law, Luis von Dellemann, in a sparkling new winery that was opened in 1996. Three quality tiers exist. First, there is the ‘classic’ series of varietal wines, then the ‘single vineyard’ selections, and at the pinnacle the ‘single estate’ wines.