“Passion for vinegrowing, respect for the environment, and attentiveness to tradition make Waldgries one of the most interesting wineries in the area.”—Gambero Rosso 2018
Christian Plattner’s tiny Waldgries estate is located in the Saint Magdalener hills just outside the town of Bolzano in Alto Adige. While your first thought of Alto Adige may be mountains and snow, Bolzano is one of Italy’s warmest cities, due of its location at the focal point of three alpine valleys. Here they excel with red grapes that are more challenging to ripen further up in the mountains where Kerner and Pinot Grigio reign. Both Christian’s Schiava, made in the San Magdalener appellation, and his Lagrein are stunners. The cantina is located in a historical building with a clocktower that was constructed in 1242 as a convent, but was purchased by Christian’s grandfather in the 1940s. Grapes have always been cultivated here, but it was Christian’s father who started bottling wines in the 1970s. Today, in the surrounding valleys and ski resorts, you can’t go too far without seeing Waldgries on wine lists; in simple mountain chalets or in three star Michelin restaurants, Christian’s wines are well-known as the best of the best. Practicing organic.
Ansitz Waldgries St Magdalener Classico is made with 92% Schiava and 8% Lagrein from 2.6 hectares at 350 meters above sea level in the St Magdalener cru. Fermented in stainless steel, refined five months in large oak cask (15-45 hectoliters, none new). 2800 cases produced.
Elegant and poised with ripe red forest berries and fine herbs. The balanced acidity endows the wine with persistent juiciness, leading to a long and lip smacking finish. It’s spicy, floral, and everything you need when chilled and served with a few slices of speck!