Le Fornaci Lugana on Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator, one of the most prestigious wine magazine in the world, on October 31sy issue is featuring a nice article by Alison Napjus on delicois wines from three unsung Veneto DOCs.

Lugana is one of these DOCs that worth exploaration.
We are very proud to has been metioned in the article with our Le Fornaci Lugana project.
HERE the full article.

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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 Sirmione.

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).

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.

In 2021, two new references will be launched to complete the project.

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Le Fornaci Lugana
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 from an accurate harvest of the grapes, followed by slow fermentation at controlled temperature (14 ° / 18 °) and stripping by natural sedimentation.
Aging for about 3 months on lees and fine yeasts followed by aging in steel.

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.

VINTAGE 2019
On Evidence:

very particular year for the weather: the low temperatures, combined with the high temperature ranges, allowed for excellent ripening and good acidity of the grapes. A very positive year.

Harvest:
2019 harvest began one week later (second half of September) compared to the average. Harvest done by hand and also by machine at night, to speed up the intervention and preserve as much as possible aromas and aromas.

Climate considerations:
rainy and cold May, hot June and then return of the cold towards August. From the end of September dry with mild temperatures and good day / night temperature range

Agronomic considerations:
the best conditions have been created for the production of Lugana with a more intense aromatic expression and greater flavor.


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.
 
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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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THE LUGANA OF TOMMASI FAMILY

THE LUGANA OF TOMMASI FAMILY
Le Fornaci expresses the importance that the Tommasi family dedicates to the production of Lugana doc and its territory.
THE PROJECT
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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THE TERRITORY
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 VINE VARIETY
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.
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LUGANA "LE FORNACI"
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.
Download HERE the tech sheet
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