Nusserhof Lagrein Riserva
The Nusserhof estate lies practically in the center of the city of
Bolzano, in the Alto Adige. Elda & Heinrich Mayr are the latest generation of a family whose history with this land goes back to at least 1788. Lagrein is a native grape, dating back at least 600 years, that can make a full-bodied, highly aromatic red, and Nusserhof's are some of the very best. The farming is certified organic and the harvest is by hand. The wine is aged in neutral oak "botti" (large barrels) for at least 2 1/2 years and then in bottle for at least 3 years. The Nusserhof experienced difficult times during the 20th century. Famous resistance figure and anti-fascist Josef Mayr-Nusser refused to take the oath to Adolf Hitler, which he paid for with his life. After the war, the family struggled for years to keep the farm, scheduled to be demolished in the course of town expansion. It was only in the mid-1980s that the farm was placed under cultural heritage management commemorating Josef. Today the Nusserhof is a sustainably biologically managed vineyard estate typified by biodiversity, and also a green venue for art, music, and science. A MSW shop fave.