Tenute Loacker is one of Italy’s pioneers when it comes to organic wine-agriculture. Producing wines on three estates they have won numerous awards for their superior quality wines. Their first estate lies in the heart of the St. Magdalena vineyard region which is in South Tyrol. On this estate, the Schwarhof, Rainer Loacker started producing wine in 1979 in a nature friendly manner. Lagrein, Silvaner, Chardonnay, Gewuerztraminer & Sauvignon Blanc are among the grapes they plant on 7 hectares in their South Tyrolean estate. With growing success Tenute Loacker expanded southwards. In 1996 they acquiered the Corte Panove estate in Tuscany which expands across the hills of the Montalcino area. The Montalcino area is one of the most famous if not the most famous wine-growing areas in Italy. On 16 hectare Loacker grows Sangivose, Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon. A third expansion occurred in the year 2000 when Loacker bought another estate, Valdifalco. Valdifalco is again in Tuscany on the border to Latium. Sangiovese, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Syrah & Primitivo are the grapes cultivated on 23 hectares there.
Briefly introducing a few of Loacker’s wines
I thought I’ll give you a brief introduction to 3 of his wines.
Loacker’s Brunello di Montalcino won several “Bicchieri” (Italian for glasses) in the Gambero Rosso on many occasions. For a closer look on the awards follow the link. If you ever get the chance to taste it I can fully recommend it to you (and will write a review about one in the future). The Brunello can be stored for for up to 25 years. The 2006 Brunello retails for 32€.
His South Tyrolean wines are for my personal preference not the greatest although they still won awards in the Gambero Rosso (follow above link). The Tasmin is one of the few I enjoy. 100% Sauvignon-Blanc. What makes this wine intereting to me is that 7% of it spent a few weeks in barrique giving it this additional spice which I don’t usually find in a Sauvignon-Blanc retailing for 16€
My personal favorite is the so called Granfalco from the Valdifalco estate. Retailing for 20€ this blend of Sangiovese (44%, Cabernet-Sauvignon (21%),Merlot (11%), Syrah (17%) & Primitivo (7%) aged 18 months in barrique. It’s complex aromas (if I remember correctly red-fruit & vanilla were among them; more on that in a later review) make this wine so special. It goes well with red-meat but one can also enjoy this excellent wine without dining. Granfalco is also suited for long storing. The 2004 vintage is among my favorites.
All wines can be ordered directly from Loacker’s wine-shop. The wines can also be bought at several other online stores. If you live in Italy or get a chance to go to Verona you should visit the Loacker shop where you can try some of the wines. Even if the shop is not designated to wine they still serve it.
28. December 2012 Update:
Here is a list of all Locker wines that were reviewed on this blog:
2011 Raetinello – IGT Alto Adige
2010 Tasnim – Alto Adige DOC
2009 Gran Lareyn – Alto Adige DOC
2007 Morit - Sankt Magdalener DOC
2007 Valdifalco Riserva - Morellino di Scansano DOCG
2006 Rosa dei Venti- IGT Toscana
2006 Ateyon- Alto Adige DOC
2005 Chrysanta – Alto Adige DOC
2004 Granfalco- IGT Toscana
2004 Levante – IGT Toscana
2004 Valdifalco Riserva- Morellino di Scansano DOC
2001 Brunello di Montalcino – Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
2000 Kastlet – Alto Adige DOC