Ignaz Niedrist

Niedrist's impressive vineyards are located on the summit of the Cornaiano village, in the heart of Oltradige, with amazing views over the Bolzano valley. The amiable and generous Ignaz Niedrist (long term 'cantiniere' at the well respected Colterenzio cooperative) has only five hectares of vines and he tends to them with the utmost precision and care.


Yields are kept very low and in good years he manages 40 hectolitres per hectare. The wine is then made in his state-of-the-art winery shed, where minimal interventionist winemaking occurs. Ignaz believes the wine has already been made in the vineyard, and he merely needs to guide it to its natural conclusion. The result of this minute scale production and careful attention to detail, is a portfolio of wines which are concentrated, complex and wondrous.


The vineyards have been in the family for over 170 years, Josef Niedrist established the estate and was very successful in developing and marketing the wine. In the post-World War Two period, the winery struggled due to economic pressures. However, in 1990, Ignaz and Elisabeth Niedrist reactivated the winery with the clear objective to produce high-quality wine.


Demand for these wines is high, and availability is small but even with his niche production, the Gambero Rosso Guide says that Ignaz “brings pride to the Alto Adige”. We are certainly proud to represent his wines here at Astrum.

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"Ignaz Niedrist 2016 Alto Adige Lagrein Gries Riserva Berger Gei pours forth with a super inky, dark and impenetrable appearance. The wine is redolent of dried blackberry and plum, with cherry skin and black currant. Those black fruit nuances cede to smoked mahogany and barbecue spice. However, this wine hails from the cool climate of the Italian Dolomites, so despite its darkness and considerable richness, it maintains a natural sense of balance and sharpness all the while. It has enough inner energy to avoid any sensations of heaviness or flatness. Lagrein is always a bit of an acquired taste, but this lovely expression does show unique typicity and local character.” 94 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (September 2020)


(Sauvignon Porphyr & Kalk 2017) "Perfumed gooseberry, riper apricot and yellow melon on the inviting nose. Then rich, round and juicy but light on its feet with penetrating flavors of green fig, sage and quinine. The 2017 Sauvignon Porphyr & Kalk finishes very long fresh and concentrated." 92 points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (December 2018)