Lagrein grape

Lagrein Red Wines and Viticulture in Australia

Lagrein grape variety is less commonly known as compared to some of its popular red wine mates, such as Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape is a native of South Tyrol in northern Italy. In fact, it was grown in Lagarina valley of Trentino and Alto Aldige region in northern Italy and, hence, derives its name from it. It partners well with Schiava Grossa to form a savoury blend. Another major use of Lagrein is to make rose-style wines.

Lagrein grape

In Australia, this grape variety was brought in the late nineteenth century and there were not many producers for it initially. The Australian vineyards were grown with the Shiraz and other red and white wine grape varietals during those times. However, this variety began to be grown more in the beginning of this century and now about 60 wineries grow this grape variety.

This is grown mainly in the south-eastern parts of the country where there are cooler climes. This was brought to Australia by Peter May. The wines made from this grape are rich in tannins which makes it distinctive from the others.

Some of the popular Lagrein wine brands are:

All You Want to know About Sauvignon Blanc Wines in Australia

Sauvignon blanc is a grape varietal, originally from France, and now used all over the world for production of pure Sauvignon blanc wines or its blends with the other wines.

Quick Facts

Some quick facts about this wine varietal grape are:

Origin France (Bordeaux, Loire Valley)
Colour of Grape Whitish Green
Wine Made Blanc/White
Other Names Sauvignon jaune, Fume blanc
Growth Regions (World) South Africa, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Bordeaux, California, Brazil
Growth Regions (Australia) Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, Padthaway
Growth Regions (New Zealand) South Island- Marlborough, Wairau River valley

North Island- Gisborne, Hawkes Bay & Martinborough

In Australia, this particular grape varietal is mixed with the Semillon grapes to produce a blended Semille Sauvignon Blanc wine which is very popular.

Wineries and Wine Brands

Some of the famous sauvignon blanc wine brands in Australia are Norfolk Estate, Highland Heritage, Gapsted Hidden Story, Darling Ridge, Tyrrell’s Trout, Echo Beach and Ra Nui, Borambala Wishing Well, Wine in a Glass, Yaldara Ruban, Reilly’s Barking Mad and Black Label, Robert Oatley Wild Oats, Shaw and Smith, Two Wheeler Creek, Craggy Te Muna and Avery, Cherry Tree Hill, After Hours, Hardys, Bay of Fires, Peter Lehmann Art N Soul,  De Bortoli, Zilzie Selection, Wolf Blass Yellow Label, Astrolabel, Yealands, Teusner Woodside and many others.