Lagrein Wine in Australia

Lagrein is an Northern Italian red wine variety that has shown great promise in Australia.

This Italian red wine variety is prized for producing wines with firm tannins and good colour, particularly in its native Trentino Alto Aldige* region of Northern Italy.

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* If you're not sure where Trentino Alto Aldige is then perhaps you need to check out this fabulous wine map of Italy.
Lagrein wine in Australia

Regions In Australia with Lagrein Variety

It is still early days for Lagrein wine in Australia, but Cobaw Ridge Winery in the Macedon Ranges had outstanding results with the variety over several vintages, and now there are about 30 producers and some very good wines

Lagrein can be made into varietal wines but it is also used in blends. Amietta use it in a blend with Shiraz, while Ben Glaetzer has made an excellent blend of 70% Dolcetto and 30% Lagrein.

The flavour of Lagrein is described as

  • Sour plums with a touch of grass and bitter cherries some dark chocolate and a deep dark colour - Oz Clarke in Grapes and Wines
  • Tannic, spicy, tobacco, black plums, grassy herbaceous, earthy, fragrant - Steve De Long

Wineries Using Lagrein in Australia

919 Wines Riverland | Amadio Adelaide Hills | Amietta Vineyard Geelong | Antcliff's Chase Wines Strathbogie Ranges | Bassham Riverland | Bogie Man Wines Strathbogie Ranges | Bremerton Langhorne Creek | Brown Brothers King Valley | Chalmers Murray Darling | Cirami Estate Riverland | Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges | Di Lusso Estate Mudgee | Domain Day Barossa Valley | Fowles Wine Strathbogie Ranges | Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale | Hartz Barn Wines Eden Valley | Heartland Wines Limestone Coast Zone | John Gehrig Wines King Valley | Kangaroo Hills Macedon Ranges | Karanto Vineyards Langhorne Creek | King River Estate King Valley | Lazzar Wines Mornington Peninsula | Montevecchio Heathcote | Oak Works Riverland | Paulmara Estate Barossa Valley | Piako Vineyards Murray Darling | Point Leo Road Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Regent Wines Swan Hill | Ridgemill Estate Granite Belt | Rossiters Murray Darling | Seppletsfield Barossa Valley | Serafino Wines McLaren Vale | Sugarloaf Ridge Southern Tasmania | Wine by Sam Strathbogie Ranges | Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

Lagrein Wine and Food

The Italian origin of the variety suggests Italian food but I would suggest it would go better with heartier Italian dishes such as osso bucco, carbonara (beef braised in red wine) or perhaps with a grilled steak with anchovy butter. You could also try Lagrein with sharp vintage cheese, crackers and dried fruit.

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Lagrein At AAVWS 2012

Gold medals were won by Bassham, Cirami and Seppletsfield for varietal Lagrein wines. Heartland Wines won a gold with a blend of Dolcetto and Lagrein.

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