For over twenty years, Weingut Alois Lageder has been inviting winegrowers from all over the world to an annual collaborative event in Magrè at the Alto Adige Wine Road.
While a few dozen kilometres down the A22 at VinItaly in Verona, everything is about business, the Summa is more like a friendly family gathering of winegrowers, individuals who not only care deeply about the authentic expression of their wines, but also about the preservation of natural resources in their vineyards. It is no coincidence that numerous participating estates at this year’s Summa are certified organic or biodynamic – and the organiser himself, Alois Lageder, is the president of Demeter Italy.
In total, there are 111 wine producers from ten countries (Italy, Germany, Austria, France, China, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Portugal & New Zealand), who will be presenting their wines on Saturday/Sunday 6–7 April in the picturesque ambience of Casòn Hirschprunn, a 17th century Renaissance palace, and Tòr Löwengang, the historic wine estate with its noteworthy architecture.
In addition to the family atmosphere that prevails among attending growers, the spectacular surroundings also lend a special charm to the event: the southern light on the bizarre rock faces of the Dolomites, the fresh air of the waning winter and the warming sun of springtime, along with the first blossoms on the fruit trees and the snow-capped mountain peaks – it is an instance of geographic as well as climatic transition, which make the forces of nature keenly felt and thus always make Summa an exciting experience.
A weekend devoted to wine & nature
The tasting is structured in the form of a table presentation (the catalogue is already available online at summa-al.eu/en/ tasting-booklet). On Saturday/Sunday 6–7 April, the 111 estates will be presenting their wines, both days from 10.00–18.00 on the historical premises of Casòn Hirschprunn and Tòr Löwengang. Tickets for Press/Trade are available for 30 or 40 Euros. The entry fee for private visitors (limited number) is 80 € for one day or 140 € for both days. Tickets can be booked online at summa-al.eu/en/registration
In addition, various master classes and commented tastings will be offered – for example, a tasting of flaws in wine (Oops I did it again), a tasting of barrel samples (We are not ready yet), and of sparkling wines, rosé wines, etc. All seminars are free, with the exception of a tasting of rare Bordeaux (moderated by Joel Payne).