Winery: Muri-Gries traces its roots back to the end of the 11th century when the Counts of Bozen built Gries Castle in northern Italy. With the arrival of the Benedictine monks in 1845, the Muri-Gries winery was officially established. The monastery has always been self-sustaining, and initially its wine production was for its own needs. Today the monastery cultivates 35 hectares of vineyards and has contracted with neighboring wine growers for an additional 20 hectares.
Philosophy: Appreciating the “value of the old, indigenous and often neglected grape varieties” and “to preserve the Lagrein’s typical characteristics, its down-to-earth taste, its rustic elegance and identity, fostering and developing these both in the vineyard and in the cellar.”
Winemaking: Integrated and organic methods are used, with only “natural and sustainable pest management strategies”. The original castle cellar that dates back to the 12th century, serves as the current cellar, housing all of the barrels and barriques. “Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. 50% of the wine is pressed and vinified as a white wine, the remainder of the juice is macerated, bled off and matured in barrel.”
Tasting Notes: Sunset red in colour with aromas of cherry, strawberry and a bit of dusty earth. Pleasant and straightforward with strawberry, cherry and firm acidity emerging into flinty minerals on the clean finish.
Produced and Bottled by Cantina Muri-Gries SAS