Italian biodynamic producer Rainer Loacker will be converting his entire production to German-made glass stoppers.

Rainer Loacker and his winemaker son Hayo are based in Alto Adige and have estates in Maremma and Montalcino.

They will start using the Alcoa glass closures on their Brunello wines, with the intention of converting the entire production in the near future.

‘We feel we can guarantee our customers the perfect ageing potential of our wines, while at the same time ensuring an elegant, efficient closure, without increasing the price,’ Hayo Loacker said.

Loacker Schwarhof in Alto Adige, the original 7ha family estate, produces around 60,000 bottles of a range of varietal wines including Silvaner, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lagrein.

All Loacker estates are farmed biodynamically. Loacker reckons the move to an inert natural closure, such as glass, fits with the estate’s philosophy.

Written by Michele Shah