Estate: Tenutae Lageder [or Alois Lageder Wineries] was founded by Johann Lageder in 1823 in Alto Adige, northern Italy. Today, five generations later, Alois Lageder is at the helm of the family estate. Since the early 1990’s he has been a pioneering force at the estate; he expanded the vineyard holdings and transformed all of the viticulture practices to organic and biodynamic principles, and constructed a high tech, sustainable, solar powered winery. He is renowned for his commitment to ecological awareness, sustainable practices, as well as cultural projects involving art and music, believing that these are important sources of inspiration that “enhance the experience of wine”. Römigberg is part of “The Farms” label of the estate; it is their “Grands Crus” label that only uses grapes sourced from “the very best, family-owned, single-vineyard sites”.
Philosophy: Simply stated: “to pay attention to the natural properties of our vineyards and to make the best possible use of them”. A more comprehensive explanation is: “to understand the ways in which the following relate to one another: the rhythms and forces of nature, the human being and cultural traditions, technology, the cosmos, the past and the future, tradition and life in the modern world”. To further explore their impressive ideology and biodynamic principles, please click here .
Winemaking: They strive to carry the organic and biodynamic principles from the vineyard into the winery with the use of “non-invasive procedures” along with the “most advanced technology” in the cellar. Grapes were sourced from the namesake Römigberg estate vineyard located on extremely steep slopes on the northwest side of Lake Caldaro in Alto Adige. The vines range in age from 4 – 70 years and have intense sun exposure [they face south-southeast], a soil composition of loam along with “rocky and gravelly dolomitic limestone”. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel, aged 6 months in concrete “wine storage vessels”.
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in colour with aromas of cherry, crushed pink peppercorn and hints of funky earth. Vibrant strawberry and cherry dance around an earthy core punctuated by a little wild funk, whilst pink peppercorn notes highlight the fruity, clean finish. Römigberg brings the funk like the B.T. Express, however there is a refined edge to all of its rustic splendor.
Suggested Pairings From the Winery: starters, pasta, grilled or fried seafood, barbeque.
Südtirol Alto Adige
Bottled in the Production Zone
$22 [average price]