Christian Plattner’s tiny Waldgries estate is located in the Saint Magdalener hills just outside the town of Bolzano in Alto Adige. It was mentioned in a document for the first time in 1242, and is therefore one of the oldest estate wineries in and around Bolzano.
Wine growing has been carried out here for around 700 years. In the sun-drenched vineyards that lie directly at Waldgries Manor, the grape varieties of Schiava, Lagrein, and Red Muscat find the best terroir thanks to the Mediterranean climate.
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.
Country: Italy Region: Alto Adige
Appellation: St. Magdalener Classico
Grape Variety: 92% Schiava with 8% Lagrein
Aging: Five months in large oak cask
Soil: Porphyry and dolomite rock
Altitude: 350 m.a.s.l.
Aging Potential: 5 to 12 years
Serving Temperature: 59 to 63°F
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