The Alois Lageder Italian winery in Alto Adige consists of 50 hectares of its own vineyards, managed on the basis of biodynamic principles. The holistic approach of winery Alois Lageder is reflected in the winemaking activities, the long-term relationships with numerous grape growers and their ambition to create awareness for an agriculture geared to nature. Alto Adige is located almost directly below the Brenner Pass, in the narrow valley that formed the Adige River in the Dolomites massif. Further south, the valley widens and the region becomes Trentino. Wine production in Alto Adige takes place on the slopes of the mountains, with vineyards sometimes reaching an altitude of 1000 meters. In Trentino, the vineyards are more in the plains and lower. Trentino and Alto Adige are 2 areas in the northeast of Italy, which are located below each other. They are often mentioned in the same breath as if it were one area, but the contrasts could hardly be greater. Alto Adige has only belonged to Italy since 1919 and is almost non-Italian, while Trentino is typically Italian in everything.
"We are not winemakers" says Alois Lageder, descendant of a family that has been passionately engaged in wine for 4 generations. "We see our role more as that of a midwife, coach and teacher. Our job is to guide the grapes in good health and with the utmost care and to encourage the successful development of our wines in every way." Over time, the Lageder family has managed to purchase several wine estates and vineyards in the best wine regions of Alto Adige. The company is currently headed by Alois Lageder, but the next generation is eager to take over the business. The vineyards work almost exclusively biodynamically. The labels on the bottles are in line with this. They form a beautiful symbolic bridge between the vineyard and the cellar on the one hand and the wine in the glass on the other. These exceptionally beautiful wines continue to amaze us and have been the foundation of our collection for many years. Many of the wines are 100% biodynamic and Demeter certified.
The roots of the Lageder winery go back to 1823 when the young craftsman Johann Lageder established himself as a wine merchant in Bolzano. His successors started producing their own wines and acquired a number of vineyards. Alois III, the great-grandson of the founder of the company, saw the variety of climatic zones in Alto Adige as one of the strengths of the region and bought the Löwengang wine estate in Magrè, in the southern part of Alto Adige, in 1934. Soon, smaller winegrowers started supplying him with grapes. When Alois III died unexpectedly in 1963, Alois IV was only 12 years old. Accordingly, his wife Christiane and his eldest daughter Wendelgard have led the estate on an interim basis. Since the mid-1970s, Alois IV - along with his sister and her husband and oenologist Luis von Dellemann - has redesigned the winery with a strict focus on quality and innovative methods in the vineyard and cellar. Today, the 50 hectares of vineyards owned by the family are grown biodynamically.
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