Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva, the highest expression of Lake Garda

Tommasi launches its Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva, the maximum expression of wine from Lake Garda

The 2018 Riserva, a perfect combination between grape variety and terroir, completes the Le Fornaci project promoted by the Tommasi family in honor of one of Italy’s top-quality wine zones: Lake Garda

From the very heart of the Lugana denomination – and the vines of the Tommasi family’s Le Fornaci estate at Sirmione near Lake Garda – comes the 2018 Le Fornaci Lugana D.O.C. Riserva, the maximum expression of the Turbiana variety and a flagship for a wine region that is one of finest in our country.

After the 2020 Lugana D.O.C. and  2020 Le Fornaci Rosé, the Le Fornaci project is completed by another great new wine: the 2018 Riserva, an exclusive and complex white wine that reveals the more “lacustrine” and mineral style of Lugana.

«The 2018 Riserva is an elegant yet intense Lugana, which encapsulates the delicate, fresh aromas of Lake Garda: a white that is destined to represent the top quality level of our production and which will be made only in the finest vintages» comments Piergiorgio Tommasi, Sales Director of Tommasi Family Estates. «The Riserva is also a historic wine, capable of expressing the qualities of a unique terroir that our family – for several generations now – has worked hard to highlight: this wine in fact represents the top-of-the-range product of our Le Fornaci project, which we have promoted in the last few years in order to pay homage to the wonderful natural environment of a wine region that is one of the best in Italy, that of Lake Garda. We hope that through this wine, which represents for us a perfect combination between the grape variety and the terroir, all wine lovers may enjoy, together with us, the wonders, scents and flavors of this magnificent area of our country».

Le Fornaci Lugana Doc Riserva 2018 is a substantial white, produced entirely from Turbiana grapes, which matures partly in wood, thanks to which it acquires greater structure and complexity.

A pale yellow in color, with brilliant golden highlights, this Riserva displays a rich bouquet that harmoniously combines fresh, mineral notes with those of ripe yellow fruits. Its concentrated aroma also includes floral and citrusy hints as well as delicate honeyed tones, and it has an elegant aftertaste of vanilla and walnuts. The wine is broad in the mouth, with fresh tangy notes on the end palate. It has a long, intriguing, mouth-filling finish, with crisp acidity and well-balanced structure.

The 2018 Lugana Riserva is a top-quality wine that enhances the typical cuisine of Lake Garda, combining perfectly with freshwater fish, pasta dishes and moderately mature cheeses, but also with meat-based main courses.


The 2018 vintage

Summary: a complicated vintage that however translated into absolutely one of the very best for Lugana.

Harvest: it was possible to obtain excellent ripening thanks to intense work in the vineyards.

Climatological considerations: the winter and spring were very rainy, with a hot summer and particularly dry August; from early September onwards, there were ideal thermal excursions for completing the ripening process.

Agronomic considerations: a good harvest took place on the loamy, sandy soils, which are conducive to developing a larger quantity of aromatic precursors in the grapes.




Vinification and maturation

After manual harvesting and the selection of the finest clusters, a delicate, soft pressing of the whole bunches takes place. Our vinification protocol is very strict: fermentation of 25% of the must in 500-hectoliter French oak barrels and 75% in stainless steel; both wines mature for 18 months, followed by blending of the two, bottling, and 6 months’ bottle-aging.


Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva in figures:

3,327 bottles produced; 1,000 destined for the Italian market.

Tommasi pays homage to Lake Garda: the Le Fornaci Lugana project is unstoppable

Tommasi launches two novelties that will be presented alongside Lugana doc 2020: Le Fornaci Rosé and, in the coming months, Lugana doc Riserva 2018 

The unique panorama of the Le Fornaci Estate, with its neat rows of vines descending to the shores of Lake Garda, unites grape varieties and territory. The Tommasi family is ready to step up the Le Fornaci project with the new vintage of a great classic of the Veronese wine school, Lugana DOC 2020, and two absolute novelties: Le Fornaci Rosé 2020 and Le Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva 2018, which will be presented by the end of the summer.. 

 «Lugana is an elegant and intense wine that evokes the delicate and fresh aromas of Lake Garda – comments Giancarlo Tommasi, oenologist for Tommasi Family Estates – It is also a heritage wine that encapsulates the unique qualities of a territory that our family has been committed to promoting for generations. Le Fornaci thus evolved into a bold and articulate project to pay homage to the Lake’s incredible landscapes and to one of Italy’s best wine regions. We express this through the wines we produce, wine tourism and, above all, the culture of hospitality that has always set us apart. In light of the past year, 2021 will probably not be an easy year, but we have decided to aim high and to give a sign: the Tommasi family is here to stay. Thanks to the passionate work of the women and men on our estates, we are ready to move forward with exciting news. In addition to the new Lugana 2020, Le Fornaci Rosé, an exclusive, intriguing wine with a floral bouquet and a vibrant sip, is on the way; and in the coming months, Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva 2018 will represent the pinnacle expression of Lake Garda, and our idea of a perfect union between vine and territory». 

 Le Fornaci Rosé is a blend of the indigenous Turbiana (90%) and Rondinella (10%) grape varieties, and a symbolic union of terroirs from two sides of the lake. Turbiana from Tenuta Le Fornaci, just outside Sirmione, meets Rondinella from a vineyard we own in Peschiera del Garda to create a wine with a unique colour that is the result of meticulous work that began with the careful selection of the grapes, through to the delicate phases of pressing and vinification. The soft colour, reminiscent of rose petals, is the prelude to a rich bouquet: fragrant and fine, with aromas of pink grapefruit, peach blossom, hints of minerals and tangerine peel. Matured in stainless steel, Le Fornaci Rosé is fresh, fragrant and subtle, with a vibrant acidity that brings back notes of citrus peel, and a lingering, harmonious finish. The complexity of this rosé encapsulates the philosophy of the Tommasi family, which promotes quality production through technological innovation while respecting the environment and the great winemaking traditions of the region. 

Served chilled, Le Fornaci Rosé is perfect as an aperitif and with delicate hors d’oeuvres, or for the impromptu pizza night. The structure of the wine makes it a stand out served with seafood main courses or oriental cuisine. This is the wine with the versatility that makes it ideal for everyday, casual dining. 

Le Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva 2018 will be ready by the end of the summer. The wine was produced from a manual selection of the grapes ripened to produce a structured and intensely expressive wine. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, 25% of the production rests in 500-litre French wooden barrels and 75% in stainless steel tanks, both for 18 months. This is followed by blending and bottle resting for at least 6 months. 

The project Le Fornaci Lugana is unstoppable, and is one again ready to excite palates with new wines by Tommasi. 

Ripasso: la promessa di cambiamento

Nato da un prodotto quotidiano come il Valpolicella, il Ripasso si è elevato a tal punto da posizionarsi a metà tra un Amarone e un Valpolicella Superiore. La sua storia rispecchia a tratti quella della maggior parte dei suoi degustatori. Dentro di sé porta tradizione, cultura e cambiamenti.


La sua, come la nostra, è una storia di evoluzione e di crescita. Il Ripasso non è un vino come gli altri. Non viene prodotto con un vitigno, ma con una tipologia di lavoro particolare, realizzata in cantina da tempo immemore.
Prima degli anni ’60, quando ancora la denominazione di origine controllata non esisteva, il Ripasso era una sorta di vino della rinascita. Prodotto con il succo rimasto nella botte, godeva di una seconda vita fermentando sulle bucce appassite di un vino più buono come il Recioto.
Il Ripasso unisce storia e modernità, diventando il prodotto che più si avvicina alle aspettative attuali di tanti consumatori. Ma non è la prima volta che il suo fascino incanta gli appassionati.
Durante gli anni ’90, mentre la Disney invadeva il mercato con i suoi cartoni, Beverly Hills 90210 segnava un’epoca ed il singolo One consacrava gli U2, anche il Ripasso entrava nella speciale classifica dei vini più trend, diventando letteralmente un fenomeno di moda e affermandosi come trend nei maggiori mercati.

Il Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc ha un’anima elegante e un carattere tradizionale, che gli permettono di trovare il suo perfetto equilibrio fra il Valpolicella classico e l’Amarone. È un vino che porta dentro di sé il passaggio dalla povertà alla ricchezza, un percorso che lo rende il nuovo protagonista a casa o per una cena fra amici.
Assicura struttura, complessità aromatica, completezza restando accessibile da ogni punto di vista.
Un patrimonio della saggezza contadina ora rivalutato come vino di grande attualità.

Il Ripasso è un vino nato dell’astuzia contadina, come elemento di economia circolare (allora si chiamava molto più semplicemente “saggezza”). I mezzadri producevano il vino dolce Recioto per i padroni delle terre, ma poi potevano tenere le vinacce, una volta finito il processo di fermentazione.
Queste vinacce venivano fatte rifermentare con la tecnica del “ripassare” il vino base che producevano per il loro sostentamento famigliare. Aggiungendo il mosto sulle vinacce ricche di zuccheri, si otteneva un vino più robusto e calorico, una fonte di energia alimentare importante per le famiglie.

L’avvento della DOC Valpolicella, con il decreto-legge del 1968, ne ha portato poi la trasformazione fino al disciplinare definitivo del 2010. E se in quell’anno Federer si aggiudicava il quarto Australian Open, il Ripasso sostituiva le vinacce di partenza, restando però fedele alla sua tradizionale tecnica da cui porta il nome. Oggi infatti si scelgono due dei vini più nobili e storici della Valpolicella. Si prende il Valpolicella Superiore e lo si mette sulle vinacce più buone dell’Amarone, ed ecco che la qualità sale a quella che contraddistingue il Ripasso.
Se l’Amarone continua ad essere un vino icona, il Valpolicella Ripasso riscuote e gode i maggiori successi commerciali grazie anche all’ottimo rapporto qualità\prezzo.
Il legame tra questi due vini resta molto forte, non solo per la produzione del Ripasso, che è direttamente collegata a quella dell’Amarone, ma anche perché sono entrambi realizzati con le migliori uve autoctone della Valpolicella: Corvina, Corvinone e Rondinella.


L’eleganza del Ripasso non rimane solo nella sua storia, ma la si può trovare anche nel colore che lo definisce: quel rosso rubino intenso e luminoso, ricco e intensamente fruttato, con tannini morbidi e
setosi e una lunga persistenza.
Il periodo di affinamento in grandi botti di legno di Slavonia per il Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc dura circa 18 mesi e il suo metodo di produzione è un vanto per la famiglia Tommasi, divenutane uno dei principali ambasciatori nel mondo e meritando negli anni sempre ottimi riconoscimenti.
In particolare l’annata in commercio, la 2017, ha meritato diversi riconoscimenti: 93 punti da James Suckling, 91 da Vinous e Falstaff e 90 per Decanter e Meininger’s.
Al di là dei punteggi, è tra i vini che maggiormente raccomandiamo per assicurarsi un’ottima figura sia come ospiti sia come padroni di casa.

di Giulia Taviani - Tommasi

Lugana Le Fornaci - A cultivated dream

The Tommasi Family project tied to the production of Lugana doc and its territory by Lake Garda.

On 27 and 28 August, two days of wind and vineyards were held on Lake Garda.
An event organized fot the press to depen their knowledge of Lugana, produced in Le Fornaci estate.

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A tour of Lake Garda on the two-masted San Nicolò, a fully restored sailing ship, launched in 1925, which in its roaring years transported goods and vineyard poles from one shore to the other of the Garda. Not just a coincidence. Two hours of cruise to admire one of the most beautiful landscapes of our territory.

Following a dedicated dinner at the La Speranzina restaurant, where chef Fabrizio Molteni proposed a menu dedicated to Lugana Le Fornaci.
A refined and creative cuisine for an exclusive gastronomic experience by the lake, with a breathtaking view.

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On Friday, at the Tommasi headquarters in Pedemonte, has been organized  a vertical tasting of four vintages of Lugana Le Fornaci.
The technical tasting with the oenologist Giancarlo Tommasi allowed an exploration of the soils of Lake Garda, an interesting comparison on the longevity of Lugana and the evolution of the Le Fornaci project.

Lugana has been highly desired wine to add to Tommasi portfolio due to its extraordinary elegance and depth;
there’s an intense passion for Lugana, an unmistakable, rigorous, and classy white wine that is able to win the battle of time.

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With a strong belief in the Lugana territory and its wine, the Tommasi family has cultivated a dream of expanding the project.
In 2013, after conducting much research in the area, additional investments were made in Desenzano.  The Fornaci Estate, therefore, is made up of three main vineyards located in different areas of Lugana DOC, making up a total of 45 hectares: one larger plot of land by Lake Garda, and two further inland, all in Sirmione.
All of the vineyards were planted with a single typical vine variety, called Turbiana, using the guyot training system and a high vine density (approximately 5,000 vines per hectare).

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There is also an important project in the works to accompany this investment: the construction of a winery entirely dedicated to the production of Lugana as well as a building destined for hospitality and wine tourism, with an area for tastings and refreshments for all visitors.
Two new references will be launched in 2021 to complete the project: Le Fonarci Lugana doc Riserva version, vintage 2018 and Le Fornaci Rosé, a premium rosé wine.

Reds in Summer are on fashion

Yes, you can drink reds in summer!
Here are five red wines for those cool evenings with your friends

When we talk about wine, there are many myths to debunk and also lots of taboos that should be rendered acceptable.
Indeed, it happens increasingly often in restaurants that inflexible ideas about wine and “room temperature” are tempered in favor of new trends that are more modern and open-minded. And if in summer we want a wine that’s refreshing, satisfying and fragrant, a cool red wine can also fit the bill.
The new rule is that there aren’t any real rules, and wine is increasingly less snobbish.
But how come it’s still so difficult to picture yourself, on a cool summer evening, sipping a nice glass of red wine by the pool?
The answer has to do with chemistry. The truth is that the main problem linked with our perception of red wines is the tannins, those polyphenolic compounds present in the stalks, seeds, and skins of the grapes. It is in fact the tannins that cause astringency, the typical rough, dry feeling that a red wine leaves on your palate and gums: this sensation is due to the interaction of the tannins with your saliva. They bond with the proteins in saliva, making it lose its lubricating qualities, and if – at higher temperatures – this astringent sensation becomes less marked (the alcohol, though, becomes more noticeable), at lower temperatures the opposite is true.
The only way to get round this problem is to choose red wines that have substantial fruit, but which are not very tannic and have a relatively low level of alcohol.
Here then, for devotees of reds, are some wines that are also perfect for the summer and for a relaxing drink after dinner.
From Casisano’s Brunello to Tommasi’s Ripasso, we offer you five red wines that not only display a supple, fruity style, but often also don’t mind being put in the fridge.
Group of friends gathered around a table in a garden on a summer evening to share a meal and have a good time together
The first summer red to drink with your friends is a wine from Southern Italy. We are in Basilicata, with Paternoster’s Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture. Its vivacious ruby red simply gleams with freshness, and it offers a fragrant, fruity bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, other wild berry fruits and pepper. On the palate it is dry but velvety, leaving a long, harmonious sensation in the mouth. 100% Aglianico del Vulture grapes and 13% alcohol by volume: a wine snob would tell you that the ideal temperature for Synthesi is 16°C, and that below 12°C you may find that certain aromas and flavors vanish and the tannins  become hard. But don’t be afraid to drink it rather cool: it’ll surprise you in an incredibly positive way, and you’ll regret not having done so earlier!
Our second summer-friendly red is the flagship wine of Poggio al Tufo, the Rompicollo Rosso Toscana, produced in the Maremma. A rich, refined blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that charms you with its liveliness and elegance. Its bright, deep ruby red color catches your eye, but it is always the nose that enchants you when you taste this wine: it displays an elegant, variegated bouquet of ripe blackberries and raspberries, dried balsamic herbs and delicate sweet spices. Its mouth-filling flavor is rich and rounded, with velvety tannins. With its good body, Rompicollo reveals great smoothness on the palate, even when served at a lower temperature.
Full-bodied and harmonious, Surani’s Heracles Primitivo di Manduria is one of the outstanding wines produced in Puglia. It displays an intense ruby red in the glass, and even from the first sniff it reveals a fascinating complexity: from floral sensations of violets to rich fruity ones of cherries and strawberries, against a background of balsamic notes, of lickerish and aromatic herbs. In the mouth, it is broad and full-bodied, seducing you with its graceful, refined tannins and a lively finish that is sustained by an attractive freshness, which dances across your palate like a butterfly.
If these three wines may be served at lower temperatures than those at which we are used to tasting reds - demonstrating that a significant change is taking place in the ‘etiquette’ of , red wine consumption - there are also the ‘relaxation wines’, those that simply fit in perfectly with our desire to spend the evening outside in good company, with the crickets chirping in the background, the odd firefly peeking out on the veranda and with you perhaps curled up comfortably in a wicker chair.
The wines to keep you company on these occasions are two particularly elegant products that should not be drunk cold, but which will make your summer evenings all the more enjoyable: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Casisano and the  Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore.
The former, obtained from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes, has a deep ruby color and opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh variety of fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese.
When you drink the Ripasso, on the other hand, a brilliant, deep ruby red nectar slides onto your palate and ripe cherries joyously invade your nose, followed by an intense spicy note, going to show once again that red wines give a very special flavor to the Summer and evenings spent with friends are a wonderful thing…but if accompanied by a good glass of wine, they are even better!

Paternoster Vulcanico

La Falanghina perfetta da lasciar «maturare» in cantina
Il fascino dell’annata e dell’affinamento in botte non vale solo per i grandi rossi, che accrescono il loro appeal ed eleganza; nel mondo nel vino ci sono «esemplari» anche che acquistano charme, valore e soprattutto gusto con il trascorrere degli anni.
È un fatto noto per i grandi rossi, molto meno invece per i vini bianchi fermi: è infatti radicata la convinzione che i bianchi italiani debbano essere bevuti giovani, per conservare la freschezza e aromi immediati. Per molte etichette questo pensiero è corretto, per alcune invece vale la pena di aspettare anche qualche anno, affinché possano arricchirsi di sentori che renderanno il vino più complesso, profondo, evoluto.
Quali sono i vini bianchi capaci di invecchiare bene?
Una buona maturazione dipende da diversi fattori: alcuni vitigni sono più adatti ad affrontare il trascorrere del tempo e migliorano con gli anni, come, per esempio, la Falanghina o la Turbiana.
Contano gli anni delle viti,  minori rese nei vigneti affinché ci sia maggior concentrazione del frutto, la giusta maturazione, escursioni termiche importanti tra giorno e notte, una certa altitudine, il tipo di suolo, un buon livello di alcol, un’acidità elevata ma equilibrata e, infine, pochi ma accurati trattamenti in cantina per preservare le caratteristiche intrinseche di ogni vitigno e molta cura per le fasi di conservazione e di affinamento.
Un esempio luminoso viene da Paternoster Vulcanico, dove il tufo del Vulture mette in evidenza tutto ciò che sa fare. La matrice del suolo conferisce infatti a questa Falanghina una nota chiara e decisa, che poi si accresce verso una personalità ancora più spiccata ed unica, esattamente come sottolineato dalla cultura narrativa degli esperti.  A queste caratteristiche aggiungiamo la ben nota proprietà di essere fra i bianchi più predisposti all’”invecchiamento”, che proprio nel caso di Paternoster Vulcanico lascia intravedere tempi da record, anche dieci anni e oltre.

«Utilizziamo il ceppo flegreo – sottolinea Fabio Mecca, enologo di Paternosterche abbiamo impiantato nel 2002 su un terreno vulcanico simile a quello campano. Anche il nostro grappolo si presenta con una bella consistenza, spargolo ma con una giusta vigoria. La fondamentale differenza sta nell’altitudine: i nostri vigneti si collocano infatti a circa 600 metri di altezza, quindi più in alto di quelli campani. Le maggiori escursioni termiche influiscono in particolare sulle componenti aromatiche, che nel nostro caso sono molto articolate, rivelando una vitalità ed un’eleganza sorprendenti, soprattutto nelle note terziarie»

Una curiosità: l'idea primaria era stata quella della spumantizzazione con l’Assensi per continuare la tradizione aziendale, considerando che il mosto della Falanghina ha una importante acidità e che con il bilanciamento aromatico del vitigno si ottiene un prodotto notevole.
Dal 2016, con la spinta innovativa della Famiglia Tommasi, si è puntato anche su una versione ferma, selezionando i terreni maggiormente vulcanici e per quello si è dato il nome "Vulcanico" al vino.

«È stata una scelta giusta – continua Fabio Mecca -  in quanto, la matrice del suolo conferisce una nota chiara e decisa che sottolinea la sua provenienza, la nota maggiormente sorprendente è vedere come, le prime annate in bottiglia, aprendole ora conferiscono note di idrocarburi molto nette dando al vino una personalità ancora più spiccata ed unica, i vini sono ancora verticali ed intriganti lasciando intravedere una sorprendente longevità! Da dimenticare in cantina per qualche anno, da 5 a 20, alcune altre oltre. Se resistete…»


Tommasi Talks live on Instagram

From April the 9th through the end of May, Tommasi talks will stream live weekly on Instagram @Tommasiwine, a series created to stay in touch with friends, clients, wine lovers and wine writers. We'll be talking about our wines, everyday life, current events, future scenarios, the market, territories and other topics of interest.
The Instagram Live talks will be led by Giancarlo, Piergiorgio, Pierangelo and Stefano Tommasi with the support of  winemakers Emiliano Falsini and Fabio Mecca Paternoster, who are a part of Giancarlo's winemaking team and respectively manage the Tuscan estates and in those in the Southern Italian regions of Basilicata and Puglia.
Each live will host a special guest: sommeliers, importers, journalists, restaurateurs and opinion leaders from the world of wine.
Everyone is invited to participate with questions and comments. We'd also like to know how you will celebrate the end of lock down. Share your first wine and where with the hashtag #myfirsttoast.
The strong bond we share with our business partners and our customers was the inspiration we needed to kick off these dialogues: an opportunity let them get to know us, and to share our passion for wine even in times of Coronavirus. Indeed, this emergency has meant that, even if we are far away, we all feel the need to reach out and stay closer to one another during this shared crisis.
The live series was also created to present the new vintages of our products to Tommasi’s sales team, opinion leaders and the digital community, since we haven't been able to meet during the busy Spring calendar of trade shows and events.
Thanks to the power of social media, Tommasi talks aims to reach the widest number of professionals and wine lovers, while most of us are at home, and above all, to maintain contact with our Team of Oenologists, the members of the Tommasi family and our guests in an open dialogue.
Here is the schedule of Instagram Lives:
9th April –  Giancarlo and Pierangelo Tommasi taste together Lugana Le Fornaci new vintage
15th April – Stefano Tommasi with Serena Codognola
16th  April – Piergiorgio with Luca Nicolis of Bottega Vini
23th April – Pierangelo Tommasi with Vintus, Importatore USA
24th  April – Fabio Mecca Paternoster with Andrea Radic
29th  April – Pierangelo Tommasi with Michaela Morris, canadian journalist
30th  April – Giancarlo Tommasi with Chiara Giannotti di Vino.tv

Chiaretto Bardolino: a new packaging, a new perspective

Granara, il Chiaretto Bardolino

The latest numbers from the Bardolino Consortium show that Chiaretto closed the first quarter of 2020 with a whopping 21.1% increase in bottling compared to 2019,
The trend confirms that this Lake Garda wine is progressively consolidating its leadership in the segment of Italian rosé wines.
Consumers, particularly in this unprecedented moment, increasingly ask for casual, easy-to-drink wines, with a precise identity and very reliable quality.
Our Granara Chiaretto Bardolino is perfect for this type of request and is a wine that adapts perfectly to the season.
The 2019 vintage bottle launches with a newly restyled label, along with the entire range of east Lake Garda wines which include the Custoza and Bardolino wines. The Tommasi family has chosen to realign the labelling of many of their wines to reflect the vision and unity of their family as well as the historical importance of the winery.
The bold red colour of the wax seal symbol on the entire range is an eye-catching element which reconnects to the traditional style of our premium flagship wines, while maintaining the fresher overall look appealing to a range of quality everyday wines. The design is completed with the year the winery was established, emphasising the longstanding success and heritage of Tommasi.
Bright pale pink in color, it reveals elegant scents of wild flowers, citrus fruits and red berry fruits.
On the palate it is delicate, with a refreshing note of citrus fruits and green apples as well as a tangy vein that makes it is irresistibly enjoyable to drink.
Excellent with all summery dishes rice salads, caprese(tomato, mozzarella and basil), prosciutto and melon, chicken salad, and beef carpaccio.
We suggest to try it at any time of year with pizza, fried fish or soft cheeses and  Asian food.
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Le Fornaci expresses the importance that the Tommasi family dedicates to the production of Lugana doc and its territory.
A highly desired wine to add to our portfolio due to its extraordinary elegance and depth; there’s an intense passion for Lugana, an unmistakable, rigorous, and classy white wine that is able to win the battle of time.
The first investment of approximately 5 hectares was made in Desenzano del Garda, near San Martino della Battaglia, a small town known for the battle that marked the end of the Second War of Independence in the late 1800s.
The vineyard was called Le Fornaci from the very beginning, due to a one-of-a-kind archeological site: an ancient Roman kiln dating back to the I-II Century AD was discovered in the area, halfway between Brescia and Verona, which was used to make bricks for the construction of the first residential settlements, thanks to the abundance of clay and water.
For this reason, our label still today displays the name Le Fornaci, as well as a drawing of the characteristic Monument Tower, symbol of San Martino della Battaglia.
With a strong belief in the Lugana territory and its wine, the Tommasi family has cultivated a dream of expanding the project. In 2013, after conducting much research in the area, additional investments were made in Desenzano.
The Fornaci Estate, therefore, is made up of three main vineyards located in different areas of Lugana Doc, making up a total of 45 hectares: one larger plot of land by Lake Garda, and two further inland, all in Desenzano.
All of the vineyards were planted with a single typical vine variety, called Turbiana, using the guyot training system and a high vine density (approximately 5,000 vines per hectare).
There is also an important project in the works to accompany this investment: the construction of a winery entirely dedicated to the production of Lugana as well as a building destined for hospitality and wine tourism, with an area for tastings and refreshments for all visitors.
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A fertile plain South of Lake Garda. Vineyards are neat and beautiful as if depicted in a painting. A favourable, gentle climate. Yesterday “Lucana”, an inhospitable place full of forests and marshlands, today it’s breezy, generous, and as welcoming as a garden.  (Consorzio Lugana)
Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Northern Italy, particularly the Southern rim.
In the past, this entire area was covered by the “Lucana Woods”, a very thick marshy forest which was reclaimed in the XV century by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in order to obtain additional lands to cultivate. However, the presence of grapevines in this area dates even further back, at least to the Bronze Age.
The Lugana area is “two-faced”, as it extends across the Southern shore of Lake Garda, from the Province of Brescia to that of Verona, for a total of 2000 hectares of vineyards.
Even from a wine standpoint, the Lugana territory can be divided into two macro areas.
The first, which is the larger one, is flat and is characterized by hard clay, and extends inland from Desenzano to Sirmione. This is the deep heart of the Lugana denomination, custodian of the traditional “lake” and mineral style.
The second area is more hilly, as it extends from the famed Monument Tower of San Martino della Battaglia. Here the earth is more sandy; the gently rolling hills don’t surpass an elevation of 130 metres; these are morainic soils, with a strong gravel element; the wines present a lower minerality to them and are more acidic and voluminous.
With regards to our Fornaci Estate: the plot of land closer to the lake is calcareous, variously stratified and rich in clay, while the inland plots present higher levels of sand and loam.
Having plots of land in both of these areas allows for a careful selection of grapes. These give body and structure if nourished by clay-based soil, while aromas and elegance if grown on sandy soil.
The earth is compact during dry periods, but soft and muddy after a rain.
These characteristics make up the key organoleptic properties of Lugana, giving the wine clear, powerful aromas, from almond to citrus, as well as acidity, sapidity, and a well-balanced structure.
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The microclimate of the Lugana area is strongly influenced by the temperate breezes of Lake Garda: it is mild and constant, with slight thermal excursions. With the protection of this ideal climate, the area is perfect for nurturing the characteristics of the unique Turbiana grape variety.
The Turbiana grape is a particular kind of clone of the Trebbiano, and is exclusively cultivated in the Lugana area. Aside from having unique phenological, agronomic, and oenological characteristics, recent studies have shown that it presents signature aromatic properties as well.
Less productive compared to other Trebbiana varieties, Turbiana is a grape that grows in medium-sized, compact clusters; the grapes have a thick skin and juicy, slightly acidic pulp.
Brilliant, intense straw yellow colour, Le Fornaci Lugana is fragrant with fruity aromas and notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit.
On the palate, it’s dry and harmonious with an elegant freshness.It is intense and persistent, with a sapid, mineral finish and a typical aroma of almond.
Lugana Le Fornaci is obtained through a delicate grape harvest. The grape skins are left in contact with the must for one day at low temperature.
Racking for natural sedimentation and slow, temperature-controlled fermentation (14°/18°) follow. Fining for approximately 3 months on fine lees, followed by a maturation period in stainless steel tanks.
Served at  cool temperature, it is ideal as an aperitif, with appetizers and finger food; it pairs well with both fresh and salt-water fish.
Excellent with flavourful first courses, risotto, delicate meats, and fresh cheeses.
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What do a professional vocation for wine and a great passion for fishing have in common? Probably, a relationship with time: the awareness that excellent results and profound satisfaction are obtained by being able to manage wisely the passing of time. This is a principle that Giancarlo Tommasi – born in 1974 and since 2002 the winemaker responsible for his family’s estates – knows well.
Giancarlo is married to Francesca and is the father of Lodovica and Elia, a lover of various sports and – what is fundamental – a patient angler. Constancy, sensitivity and tenaciousness: these are the qualities that Giancarlo applies in the winery exactly as he does on the bank of a river.
Great attention to every aspect of the production process sums up Giancarlo Tommasi’s philosophy and working method: from studying the soils and expositions of the vineyards to selecting the best planting system based on the characteristics of the site and the type of wine to be made there.
Ever since joining the company he has promoted the use of green options both in treating the vines (for fertilizing, thinning the bunches, pruning, mowing and irrigation) and during the harvest, for example favoring manual grape selection and harvesting at night. The same goes for vinification, where he prefers to limit mechanical intervention, endorsing instead (whenever possible) more natural operations.
For aging, he prefers large Slavonian oak casks, which give the wine a greater possibility to evolve. This choice is part and parcel of Giancarlo’s “philosophy of time”, because these barrels respect the wine. They do not “force” it, allowing the product to mature in the calmest way possible.

Giancarlo has often had occasion to underline the principles of his philosophy: "A strong sense of belonging to my area of origin drives me to highlight the viti-vinicultural heritage of each individual production area, with choices that focus on the terroir and on vinification. I have total respect for tradition, but I believe it has to be enhanced, in modern wines that appeal to consumers’ tastes".

Tommasi Giancarlo
> Is there a “Tommasi style” of winemaking and, if so, how would you define it?
The Tommasi style that is common to all the wines we produce in five different Regions – the Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany, Basilicata and Puglia – can be recognized by the fact that our wines aim for a type of quality based on elegance, rather than power. They are wines of character but are also immediately appealing; they are convivial wines, ideal for drinking with meals and with one’s family and friends. This attractive style is combined with the goal of obtaining wines that are long-lived and capable of aging well, which evolve and gradually reveal their complexity. Naturally, the elegance that is the hallmark of the Tommasi style always derives from highlighting the quality of the individual terroirs and their natural and cultural identities.
> What prompted you to invest in the Casisano Estate?
When we selected Casisano estate in 2015, preferring it to two other options, what convinced us was tasting the wine, which demonstrated great potential. And we worked very hard, as we always do, to prepare and take painstaking care of our vineyards.ù
> In recent years, have you made any changes in the way you cultivate Sangiovese Grosso, and what are they?
We haven’t made any changes in the last few years except for the long and painstaking task of reorganizing the vineyards, because when we bought the property they were often in considerable need of being replanted and cleaned up.
There is a plot of around 3 hectares that we had to replant a year ago with Sangiovese Grosso, in which we decided to test a Guyot training system, as opposed to the traditional cordon spur. We’ll see in the next few years how this type of vine training behaves, and then decide whether me might convert to it in future.
> How is your 2015 Brunello different compared to the other wines on offer in the marketplace?
The Casisano estate is in the most southeasterly of the three sub-zones for Brunello, where the Sangiovese Grosso grapes, thanks to the higher altitude, benefit from a cooler climate: they ripen more slowly and have good natural acidity.
These are the perfect conditions – together with the composition of the soil – for obtaining wines that are notable for their finesse.
> Upcoming initiatives linked with the 2015 Brunello?
This year we will concentrate on promoting a wine that is the result of five years of intense hard work. Our first appointment is the “Benvenuto Brunello” event in Montalcino. This will be followed by masterclasses in the United States and in Canada, for which we have been selected by the Brunello Consortium and where two meetings are planned for March.