Alois Lageder's story began in 1823, when Johann Lageder set himself up as a wine merchant in Bolzano, the German speaking province of the Alto Adige in northern Italy. His descendants started to acquire vineyards and make their own wine. It was Alois III, the great grandson of the founder of the business who, in 1934, recognised the potential of the variety of climate zones in the Alto Adige, and purchased the Löwengang wine estate in Magrè, in the southernmost part of the region. The estate is now fifth and sixth generation, run by Alois IV, and his son Alois Clemens Lageder V.
They have 50 hectares of the family's own vineyards which have been managed on the basis of biodynamic principles since the 1990's, achieving full Demeter certification in 2004. For some of their wine they also work with around 80 contract growers in the area, many of whom have already converted to biodynamic methods. Alois Lageder's varied portfolio of wines reflect the diversity of the singular areas of the Alto Adige, with their different micro-climates, elevations and soil types. While they maintain the winemaking traditions of the Alto Adige by producing precise Lagrien and Vernatsch-Schiava, an open mind has always played a part in their philosophy; in the 1980's they introduced Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to the area. They now experiment with Viognier and Petit Manseng, and other grapes that are not known in the region to determine if more different varieties will play a role in the wines of the Alto Adige in the future. At the largest biodynamic wine estate in Italy, with a deeply rooted sense of tradition, combined with an innovative approach and a commitment to sustainability, they nurture every individual wine in their cellar with patience and passion.