Wine By Grape Variety | Lagrein
Lagrein is a red wine grape variety that is native to the sunny vineyards of Trentino-Alto Adige in northeastern Italy. It produces wines that are strong and full bodied with plum and wild cherry flavours. The grape variety is particularly well known for the deep, dense colour it imparts on wines.
While the valleys of South Tyrol in northern Italy are very much the variety's home, there are increasing numbers of Lagrein plantings in the New World. Australia has embraced obscure regional grape varieties from Europe, of which Lagrein is very much one, and excellent examples are being made in cooler regions like Victoria's Macedon Ranges and the Adelaide Hills. There are also Lagrein wines being made in California.
Lagrein has a characteristically north-Italian fresh, acidic structure and a slightly astringent finish, making it best paired with food.