Between the lake and the hills
The presence of grapevine in this area dates back to the Bronze Age times, as documented by the famous grape seeds of Vitis Silvestris met at the piles of Peschiera del Garda.
Lugana belongs to two regions: it is Lombard, but also Venetian. To the Lombard area belongs a quantitative predominance of common (four of the five – Desenzano, Sirmione, Pozzolengo and Lonato) and of hectares of vines (some 750 of the 1,000 current are grown in Brescia area). The Venetian, which includes only the town of Peschiera del Garda, holds the majority of trading volume as 60% of the whole production (about 9 million bottles per year) is managed by producers in Verona area.
Lugana area is made of layered clays of glacial and sedimentary origin, mainly limestone, rich in mineral salts; in the hills of Doc ground becomes gradually more sandy. It is not an easy land to work: it is compact and hard in times of drought and becomes soft and muddy after rain. These chemical and physical properties are the custodian of the assets of the organoleptic Lugana, and give the wine vigorous and net perfumes, between almond and citrus, as well as acidity, flavor and a well-balanced structure.
In Lugana area the microclimate is positively influenced by the temperate breezes of Lake Garda, it is mild and fairly constant, with few temperature fluctuations between day and night. A “climate cradle” perfect for highlighting the features of particular grape as the Turbiana.