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. 

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.