Alto Adige Lagrein
Wine name:Alto Adige Lagrein
Appellation:ALTO ADIGE LAGREIN DOC
Vineyard extension (hectares):1.8
Vineyard age (year of planting):Lagrein 1990,2005
Soil Type:porphiric, sandy, clayey
Altitude:360 meters above sea level
Colour:Ruby red tending to deep garnet red with purplish reflections
Nose:Typical, intense notes of violet, vanilla and underbrush berries
Flavour:Pleasant and full in the mouth, supple tannins
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:red meat dishes, game, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:10,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:10
Vinification and ageing
Traditional alcoholic fermentation with pumping over of the must followed by maceration with the skins in steel. Malolactic fermentation in steel. The wine matures in French oak casks of a capacity of 10-15 hectolitres for 12 months.
Address:Via Anton Thaler, 24 - 39055 San Giacomo/Laives (province of Bolzano)
Owner:Mrs Anna Schweigkofler, mother of Roman Mottironi
Year of establishment:1954
Total annual production:37000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):5.5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.6ha Chardonnay 5.5ha Kerner 1.8ha Lagrein 1ha Pinot nero 0.8ha Sauvignon Blanc
Vine training system:
"pergola" (traditional trellissing system)
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.
Harvest period:mid September/beginning of November
This small, family run estate south of Bolzano, was bought at the beginning of the 1950s by the grandmother of Roman Mottironi, the present manager. The vineyard extension is approximately 5.5 hectares, while 1.5 hectares are grown with apple trees. Wine has always been made at Putzenhof, Roman’s grandfather used to make a white and a red, bottled in 1 litre bottles, with local grape varieties.
In 2009 Roman started bottling and labelling the wines made with the estate grown grapes.
The altitude is between 300-650 meters above sea level, the exposure is a lovely south-west, the soil is sandy and porphiric: all this together with the favourable microclimate of this area results in flavourful, mineral and fresh wines. Environment friendly agricultural practices are followed. Weed killers have been banned 15 years ago and cover crops are left on the aisles between the rows of vines. Instead of dropping fruit, the clusters are cut in half in July, removing the lower part which ripens later. Only products approved by the protocol for organic viticulture are sprayed in the vineyards.
The range of wines, all Alto Adige DOC, includes three whites made with Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Kerner and three reds, a Lagrein, a Pinot Nero and a Bozner Leiten (meaning hills of Bolzano, a blend of 85% Schiava and 15% Lagrein and Pinot Nero). The total average production a year is 35,000-37,000 bottles.
Azienda Putzenhof also offers six delightful rooms in its agriturismo.