Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
Lagrein is a red grape native to Italy, grown in the area of Alto Adige near the border with Austria. It is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir, but lacks the popularity of those relatives due to its highly tannic nature. Production of good varietal Lagrein is expensive, as to soften the wine's astringency and bitterness, it must often be aged in oak for years. As a result, most producers have chosen to blend it. The grape is rarely found outside of Alto Adige, as the climate is just about ideal there, but there have been attempts in other parts of Italy and Australia.