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Saturday, October 13 2018

An Italian Adventure: Alto Adige

By: Anthony Gismondi
A visit with Alois Lageder

Each week, over the next eight weeks, we're releasing a video featuring a winery and tasting notes from different wine regions we visited on our recent trip to Italy.

This week, we begin in Italy's northernmost wine region, Alto Adige. It's an unheralded region and for a closer look, we toured the vineyards and winery of Alois Lageder.

Its fifth generation CEO who bears the same name, knows this region well. Winemaking has been a part of the Lageder family history for more than a hundred and fifty years. After many years of growing organically, Alois Lageder took the winery one step further in 2004 by committing to biodynamic growing on its fifty-plus hectares. They meet Italian Demeter standards, but more than that, the vineyards are alive with birds and insects.

Pinot grigio is the most cultivated grape in Alto Adige and Alois Lageder's is widely acclaimed. In the video below, we speak with Alois Lageder and his son Clemens, learning about their wine and their past, present and future, and you can take a look at their lush, vibrant vineyards. Our full tasting notes are below. 

Further study: Transhumance video

Watch the rest of the Italian Adventure Series

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. He is currently in his 29th year as the wine columnist at the Vancouver Sun and a Partner and Principal Critic at www.winealign.comAnthony is also the co-host of the longest running, weekly, wine and food show in Canadian radio: The Best of Food and Wine. You can listen to the show across the Best of Food and Wine Radio Network multiple times per week. For air times in your city, or to listen live on the internet, check here.