The Hedonistic Taster: Italian Alpine Wines – Alois Lageder

Alois Lageder FÓRRA Manzoni Bianco i Pinot Grigio.

The Hedonistic Taster

Italian Alpine Wines – Alois Lageder

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format to share industry trade samples with you.

Today’s Wine Tasting:

Wines by Alois Lageder of Alto Adige.

Founded in 1823, Alois Lageder produces organic and biodynamic wines in northern Italy’s alpine region of Alto Adige.

With a tag line: “Cultivating nature as a habit of life” the family honors a multi-generational commitment to environmental responsibility.

The winery offers three lines: Classical Grape Varieties, Compositions, and Masterpieces.

In addition, Alois Lageder recently added a new label, Terra Alpina  – wines sourced from the Dolomites.

All of these wines vibrate with energy, purity and precision – plus astounding quality-for-value.

No brainer. You need these wines. They touch a nerve with their verve.


Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.


Founded in 1823, Alois Legeder produces organic and biodynamic wine in northern Italy's Alto Adige.


Alois Lageder FÓRRA Manzoni Bianco, a cross between Riesling and Pinot Bianco.


Wine:  Alois Lageder Fórra Manzoni Bianco* –  Vigneti della Dolomiti

(*A cross between Riesling and Pinot Bianco developed by Professor Luigi Manzoni in the 1930’s.)

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $  31

Robe:  Clear straw color.

Nose: Crushed rock, stone fruit, yellow wildflower aromas.

Palate:  ‘Fórro’ means ‘gorge,’ the source for the fruit used to make this wine. Grown in Paradeis Vineyard, the site perches near a gorge carved out of dolomite rock by the river Fennerbach.  This wine freestyles between flinty, tensile nerve and intoxicating, yellow alpine flower finesse. RIveting.

Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio.


Wine:  Porer Pinot Grigio – Südtirol – Alto Adige

Vintage:  2018 

Alcohol:   12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $  26

Robe:  Amber-gold robe.

Nose: High-altitude scree, golden apple, pear aromas.

Palate:  Light body, electric acids, lingering finish. Savory, energetic core. Brilliant.

Alois Lageder Müeller-Thurgau.


Wine:  Alois Lageder Müller Thurgau* – Valle Isarco, Alto Adige

(*A cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created by Swiss botanist/oenologist Hermann Müller in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau.)

Vintage:  2018

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here

Suggested Retail: $  18

Robe:  Clear straw color with tiny green flecks.

Nose:  White flowers, gala apple, slight back note of some sort of baking spice. 

Palate:  Pleasant, well-balanced quaffer with a clean finish.  

Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco wine by Alois Lageder.


Wine:   Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco by Alois Legeder – Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT

Vintage:  2019

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  15

Robe:  Pale straw robe.

Nose: Dusty white rocks, yellow flowers, gooseberry and pear aromas.

Palate:  Light body. Saline/citrus attack, gooseberry and white florals mid-palate, herbaceous finish. Pristine on the palate, with an elegant texture. Sublime.

Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio by Alois Legeder.


Wine:  Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio by Alois Legeder  –Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT

Vintage:  2019

Alcohol:  12.5

Link to Producer Specs here

Suggested Retail: $  16

Robe:  Clear lemon robe.

Nose: Yellow fruit, flowers, pear aromas.

Palate:  Lemon zest/pear attack, mineral mid-palate, tropical fruit (pineapple) finish. Light body, zesty acids, seamless structure. Superb quality for value. Vivid.

More about Alois Legeder here.

View my previous wine review of Alois Lageder Schiava red wine here.


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