Our recently-acquired estate in the Lugana area is in the Municipality of Desenzano del Garda.
In this location, nature represents a magnificent example of the union between the natural environment and aspects modified by man: the river, the morainic ponds, the cultivated fields, and the woods, alternating with the lovingly tended and cultivated vineyards. The area enjoys a particularly mild microclimate which, throughout the winter period, exploits the slow release of heat accumulated by the basin of Lake Garda in summer. This phenomenon encourages the wintering of many bird species that are rarely found at these latitudes. In different parts of the river, uncontaminated landscapes with morainal reliefs alternate with flat stretches.
In this important and hugely biodiverse nature reserve, Villa Della Torre manages approximately 25 acres of vineyard dedicated exclusively to the production of Lugana, one of Italy’s finest white wines. Our vineyard is located on the fringes of the vast morainal amphitheater that cradles the end of Lake Garda to the south and borders the bed of the Fiocazzola creek, a precious drainage network, which enters the river Mincio just a little further downstream. Cultivation of the vineyard is carried out sustainability with the use of organic fertilizers and irrigation systems aimed at reducing water wastage. This eco-friendly approach preserves biodiversity in the vineyard, underpinning our respect for the area and all the natural elements that determine its uniqueness.
The vine that produces Lugana is called Turbiana. This variety has a medium-sized grape bunch, with rather thick-skinned berries covered in bloom. It has substantial aromatic properties and lively acidity. The bunch has an elongated, pyramidal shape with a rather compact shoulders. Ripening takes place towards late September. The grapes are harvested by hand in the coolest hours of the morning and fermentation takes place in steel tanks.