"The alluvial soils in the Bolzano suburb of Gries are ideal for the indigenous red Lagrein wine, which is mentioned in a historical document dated 1379. Our Lagrein Gries is impressive for its fruity berry aromas as well as for its noble spicy notes and juicy balanced body."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige
- Variety: 100% Lagrein
- History of the variety: first vintage 1989
- Year: 2016
- Bottles produced: 45,000
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The selections
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; destemming followed by slow must fermentation at a controlled temperature and gentle agitation of the must in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months partly in big wooden barrels (50%) and partly in barriques using one third new barrels (50%); blending three months before bottling.
- Country: Alto Adige Lagrein Gries DOC
- Provenance: Bolzano
- Altitude: 250 - 500 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 5 - 35%
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: deep ruby to garnet red with a delicate shimmer of violet
- Smell: The aroma reveals earthy, minerally notes masterfully underpinned with fruit components, with morello cherry and plum jam dominating.
- Taste: These peaty, spicy and yet velvety fruit notes also intrigue the palate, where this Lagrein Riserva presents itself with multilayered opulence and great complexity.
Combines well with roast chamois with root vegetables and with veal cheeks braised in Lagrein and served with root vegetables.
The 2016 wine-growing year was a challenging one. On some of the sites, the vegetation period began very early, between the end of March and the beginning of April. Fortunately the frost in the night of April 27 did not do any real damage to the vines. At the end of April and in May, the temperatures remained cool until the vines were already flowering. On the early-flowering sites, the vines started flowering on May 25. From May to August, precipitation was at above-average levels. A change in the weather in the middle of August was a great relief to the vintners. On September 6, we were able to begin the harvest, which was accompanied by perfect autumn weather and warm and dry days.
Bolzano and the suburb of Gries lie in a wide sun-blessed basin between the rivers Adige, Isarco and Talvera, where temperatures of 40°C are not unknown in summer.
The Bolzano basin is filled with post-glacial alluvial deposits comprised mainly of Bolzano quartz porphyry. The rocks and soils of the vineyards are limestone-free, and the stratified soil structure varies between loamy sand in the topsoil and sand in the subsoil.
The Gries terroir is the key to the powerful and noble aromas of the Lagrein wines from this site.
The high peaks of the main Alpine chain protect South Tyrol from the Atlantic winds and cold northerlies, while the region benefits from the Mediterranean climate from the south. That explains the pronounced differences between day- and night-time temperatures, which are the key to full maturity and elegant wines.
To the south, a number of mountain massifs like the Adamello also have a protective function. As a result, annual precipitation is only about one-third of the average for the southern Alpine foothills, and the number of hours of sunshine is higher. The climatic conditions are not unlike those to be found in wine-growing areas like the Swiss Canton Valais.
When the sun rises behind the mountains east of Terlano on one of the year’s 300 sunny days, it is already high in the sky as the wine-growing area has a westerly to southwesterly exposure. The lower atmospheric density permits more direct solar irradiation with less diffuse sunlight. That increases the difference between the slopes on the sunny and shady sides of the valley.
Microclimate in Terlano
Continental climate (Cfa Köppen-Geiger)
Annual sunshine hours: ø 2135
Maximum temperatures: 38,2 °C
Average temperatures: 12,9 °C
Minimum temperatures: -10,7°C
Annual precipitation: ø 558 mm
Average global radiation: 150,1 W/m²
- North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
- Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley
- James Suckling 2019: 93 points
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2019: 92 points
- Alcohol content: 14.0 % vol
- Residual sugar: 1.1 g/l
- Total acidity: 4.9 g/l
- Storage advice: Cool storage at constant temperatures, high level of humidity, good ventilation and as little light as possible
- Cellar temperature: 10 - 15 °C
- Minimum maturity: 4 years
- Serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C