Lagrein is a grape variety grown primarily in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige region, it is known for its deep, dense color and strong, full-bodied wines with flavors of plum and wild cherry. The wines can have a north-Italian acidic structure and a slightly astringent finish. Lagrein is often paired with food, but lighter styles are also produced. The grape is thought to be native to the region and takes its name from the town of Val Lagarina. Lagrein is also grown in Australia, New Zealand and California. The variety can pose challenges to winemakers with its tendency towards low, irregular yields and harsh tannic structure, but modern techniques have helped alleviate these issues. The best Lagrein wines can be aged for several years but are best consumed within a few years of harvest.