Region: Lombardy, Lugana
Grape Variety: 100% Turbiana
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Viticulture: Organic Farming
Climate: Generally warm and temperate climate but mitigated by its close proximity to Lake Garda, with constant breeze that keeps the vineyards ventilated, ideal for healthy grape growing
Terroir: Vineyards grow on a soilbed of limestone and clay, cultivated with the simple and double Guyot system
Ageing: Vinification begins stainless steel tanks and completed in barriques for 10 months, followed by the ageing of 3 months in the bottle
Color: Straw yellow
Nose: Hints of ripe fruit, peaches, yellow apples, rose petals with fresh, balsamic notes
Palate: The palate is enveloped by an invasion of flavour, maintaining all its freshness and elegance. The full structure is accompanied by a taut acidity and a characteristic savouriness that completely cleans the palate, leaving it full of delicate aromas
About the Winery:
Ca’ dei Frati was founded in 1939 when patriarch Felice Dal Cero settled in Sirmione (Brescia province) on the Lombardy region side of the Lugana appellation. It’s called Ca’ dei Frati or “friar house,” because it was once owned by monks who grew grapes there. Soil types play a fundamental role in crafting Ca’ dei Frati’s fresh, minerality-driven wines. Lake Garda was created during the Eocene era, some 35 million years ago, by a melting glacier. As the melting ice flowed south from what we now call the Italian Alps, it also brought with its glacial detritus.
Today, these rocky and pebbly “morainic” soils are ideal for the production of fine wine. Because the roots of the vines have to work harder to find the water table in the well-drained soils, their fruit production became more vigorous. As a result, the grape berries are richer in aroma and flavour, with more complexity and depth. Ca’ dei Frati manages 200 hectares planted to vine, accounting for 10 percent of DOC Lugana’s production.