Lagrein Wine in Australia
This Italian red wine variety is prized for producing wines with firm tannins and good colour, particularly in its native Trentino and Alto Aldige regions of Northern Italy. It is now being used by over forty Australian producers.
Lagrein Grapes at Bassham winery ready for vintage
In Northern Italy Lagrein is used to make varietal and blended red wines, the main blending partner is Schiava Grossa. It is also used to make rose style wines.
The flavour of Lagrein
Here is what some wine writers say about Lagrein
More Italian red wine varieties used in Australia
Canaiolo Nero |
Nero d'Avola |
Nero Di Troia |
One of the best books about Italian wine grape varieties is Ian d'Agata's Native Wine Grapes of Italy
Lagrein in Australia
There are now about forty producers of wine from this variety in Australia, up from about zero at the start of this century.
The interesting thing is that although this variety hails from the cooler northern region of Italy it is being used very successfully in the warmer Australian regions of Murray Darling and Riverland.
Rita Richter of Grey Sands winery in Northern Tasmania suggests
A possible reason for Lagrein doing well in Riverland is that, although it comes from northern Italy where it gets snow it winter, maybe it gets pulses of high heat in summer - ie the 'continental effect'.
The first commercial lagrein in Australia
You can read about how wine enthusiast Peter May encouraged the first Australian commercial planting of Lagrein vines
At the 2020 Alternative Varietal Wine Show (AAVWS) just 9 wines were judged in the Lagrein class. Nine were judged as medal worthy. Next Crop 2017 Langhorne Creek Lagrein and SAMU 2108 Riverland won the Gold medals. Three Silver medals and four Bronze medals were also awarded.
Bassham Lagrein, a gold medal winner from the Riverland
- 919 Wines Riverland
- Alejandro Riverland
- Amadio Adelaide Hills
- Angus Plains Estate Langhorne Creek
- Bassham Riverland
- Bremerton Langhorne Creek
- Brown Brothers King Valley
- Cargo Road Wines Orange
- Chalmers Heathcote
- Cirami Estate Riverland
- Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges
- Conte Estate Wines McLaren Vale
- Dell'uva Wines Barossa Valley
- Di Lusso Estate Mudgee
- Domain Day Barossa Valley
- Gisborne Peak Macedon Ranges
- Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale
- Hartz Barn Wines Eden Valley
- Heartland Wines Limestone Coast Zone
- Heritage Estate Granite Belt
- Hidden Creek Granite Belt
- Hofer Family Wines Langhorne Creek
- John Gehrig Wines King Valley
- Kangaroo Hills Macedon Ranges
- King River Estate King Valley
- La Prova Adelaide Hills
- Lazzar Wines Mornington Peninsula
- Lethbridge Wines Geelong
- Matriarch and Rogue Clare Valley
- Mount Avoca Pyrenees
- Mount Towrong Macedon Ranges
- Next Crop Wines Langhorne Creek
- Oak Works Riverland
- Paulmara Estate Barossa Valley
- Point Leo Road Vineyard Mornington Peninsula
- Ricca Terra Riverland
- Salena Estate Riverland
- SAMU Riverland
- Seppletsfield Barossa Valley
- Serafino Wines McLaren Vale
- Sirromet Granite Belt
- Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt
- Tertini Wines Southern Highlands
- Wangolina Station Mount Benson
- Woodstock McLaren Vale
- Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek
Last Update 3 Jan 2021
Lagrein 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, brasato (beef braised in red wine), grilled fennel sausages or perhaps with a grilled steak with anchovy butter.
You could also try Lagrein with sharp vintage cheese, crackers and dried fruit.
You can find some wine of this variety at this online wine merchant. you can make up your own mixed cases. And you have the convenience of ordering from home and getting your wine delivered.
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