The Lagrein Alto Adige DOC “Rubeno” Andrian is produced in the Gries area, the Lagrein grapes grow in vineyards of at altitude of 250 meters above sea level. The must is fermented in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures and movement. Malolactic fermentation takes places before aging in big oak casks for 6 months.
Andrian was founded in 1893, which makes it one of the oldest cooperatives in Alto Adige but many experts claim it is the oldest. The village of Andrian is one of the three that can call their wines Terlaner Classico (the other two villages are Nalles and Terlano), a very famous wine in this part of the country coming from the historic growing area. In 2008, Andrian merged with Cantina Terlano; therefore, all the fruit from Adrian’s approximately 50 hectares is vinified at the Terlano winery under the highly respected winemaking team lead by Rudy Kofler. As a first step, yields were considerably reduced and under the new management the wines have instantly achieved a degree of precision rarely reached in the past with intense mineral character and rich complex fruit. Also the wine’s presentation was completely revamped to reflect the quality of the wines, which tend to be made in a softer, fleshier style than those made at Terlano. The wines from Andrian have evolved since establishment. In the words of the estate, the wines ‘reflect our constant quest for new ways to convey time-honored traditions into the present and to preserve them for the future’.