Lugana

Lugana is a white wine DOC produced in Italy in province of Brescia (Lombardia) and of Verona (Veneto). This white wine DOC comes from the south part of the Garda Lake and its denomination is extended to the town Sirmione (heart of the denomination. Lugana is indeed the name of a locality in this town), Lonato del Garda, Desenzano sul Garda, Pozzolengo, and Peschiera del Garda (the only one in Veneto). Lugana is a very ancient wine dating from the ancient Rome. Plinio il Vacchio defined this wine as a homemade one, produced by some good men accustomed to work in fields.

White wine Lugana DOC comes from an homogeneous territory, of flat nature, on fertile clay soils of calcareous derivation, with micro organic sediments. Concerning winemaking process Lugana’s area can be devided into two parts: the first one is the ancient one of grater vocation, between Rovizza and Lugana, made of soil of leathery clays. It extends trough Desenzano, Sirmione, Pizzolengo and Peschiera. The second part eztends between Pizzolengo and Lonato: here the soil is hilly (in any case, it does not exceed the 130 metres of altitude), with a more morainic soil and with clays more tending to sandy, which, unlike the first zone, gives life to less mineral wines but with a higher acidity and volume. Lugana comes from a microclimate similar to the Mediterranean one with mild temperatures given by the breezes from the lake, and the low temperature ranges between day and night.

Lugana DOC comes from a winemaking process made on Trebbiano di Lugana grapes, a wineyard close relative of the Trebbiano di Soave and of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Lugana was for a long time confused with this last one.  This variety is characterized by a medium-sized compact cluster, elongated pyramidal shape, with a spheroidal berry, thick and with a medium-pruinose peel. Its ageing is quick and depending on the territory it continues till September. It is also characterized by a good versatility concerning the winemaking process:  there are bothe the classical variety in white and the sparkling one. 

According to the current specification, Lugana can be produced in the basical variety, Superiore with an ageing one year long, or the Riserva with an ageing 2 years long with 6 months in bottles, Vendemmia Tardiva and Sparkling wine. Lugana in general has a straw yellow color with some green reflexes that turn into gold during ageing. Clear, fine and pleasant fruity notes of fresh fruit, in particular peach and apricot. Vibrant freshness, softness and harmony, with a light reminder to wood in the most aged versions. Lugana is ideal with veggie dishes, white meat, fish and crustaceans. Thanks to its freshness it is ideal for aperitif.

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