The Lugana DOC is roughly diamond shaped, about 7 miles across and 5 miles north to south, centered on the town of San Martino della Battaglia. Around 90% of the denomination is in Lombardy, in the province of Brescia. The eastern tip is in Veneto’s Peschiera del Garda (Verona province), and it is here that some of the larger producers are located. There is approximately 1,800 hectares under vine, mostly in Lombardy. More than 95% of all Lugana DOC wines are dry, still, white wines, although sparkling wines and late-harvest (vendemmia tardiva) dessert wines are allowed as well. All styles require a minimum of 90% Turbiana, and most are 100%. Turbiana is naturally high in acidity and is known for aromas of white flowers and citrus. The most likely blending partner, if any, is Friulano. With a total production for 2016 of around 130,000 hectoliters (1,440,000 case equivalents), Lugana is a relatively large denomination in terms of volume. Due to its fortuitous location in a popular holiday area, sales have been driven by both local consumption and exports to vacationers’ home countries, particularly Germany and eastern Europe. North America has been a lesser export destination, but its importance has been growing. There are more than 125 producers of Lugana wines.
Azienda Agricola Pratello is located in a beautiful setting near Padenghe Sul Garda at the south-west corner of Lake Garda. The entire estate comprises 120 hectares of land including natural woodland as well as 70 hectares of vineyards. The property also produces extra virgin olive oil as well as having its own vegetable garden and an orchard. The entire estate and production were certified organic in 2004 and over the last several years, under Vincenzo Bertola's guidance, the estate is striving to enhance its sustainable environmental practices even further. The winery, located in the medieval village of Pratello, is completely underground with one newly-built section for fermentation and bottling operations, and the other older section where barrels are kept for aging reserve wines. Pratello has its own bottling line, making the farm entirely self-sufficient in the production cycle, with each bottle flushed out with inert gas to reduce the presence of oxygen and minimize sulfur additions.
Crafted from 100% Turbiana, this 2017 Lugana DOC is fermented and raised entirely in tank to offer a pure expression place. Its vibrant, honey citrus blossom perfume and soft texture are irresistible while the palate is packed with leesy, almond and tree fruit flavors. Enjoy before dinner to induce appetite, or pair with a wide variety of dishes from lake fish and Mediterranean seafood to pastas and white meat risottos with fowl, veal or pork.