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Saturday, October 13 2018

An Italian Adventure: Alto Adige

By: Anthony Gismondi
A visit with Alois Lageder

We begin our adventure 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. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.