My marriage brought not just me, Elisabeth Berger, to Oltradige but also a tub of ripe Lagrein grapes from my parents’ winery. As the built-up area of Bolzano has spread, Berger Gei is one of the few old wine estates still surviving in the former village of Gries. It is planted exclusively with the autochthonous Lagrein vines. My family has grown this unique grape variety over many generations. The annual vinification of the grapes in autumn is always a special occasion for me.
Elisabeth Berger Niedrist