The Marangona Winery – May

The Marangona winery’s vineyards are located in Pozzolengo on the border between Veneto and Lombardy, in northern Italy. This area is particularly suited for the production of white wines, thanks to a terroir characterized by clay and white limestone, and by the mild lake climate which favors the full ripening of the grapes.

The winery gets its name from a bell whose tolling marked the beginning and end of hard work in the fields. The bell rang inside the courtyard of a delightful seventeenth-century farmhouse which still houses the winery and cellar, added in the 1970s. Everything is managed by Laura and Alessandro, who have chosen to work organically in the vineyard and cellar.

Trebbiano di Lugana is the most widely planted variety, and makes up most of the total production. Their wines are true representatives of the territory and offer a distinctive and personal style. Tre Campane and Cemento are two labels not to be missed, and we have therefore selected them for you (wine tasting options).

 

Tre Campane

It is the selection of Marangona. From vineyards of over 40 years of age, deeply rooted in the clayey calcareous soil. Soft pressing and fermentation in steel tanks at low temperature. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension in non-vitrified natural cement tanks for 10/12 months. Bottle aging for at least another 6 months.

We liked Tre Campane because it expresses great freshness, minerality, complexity and body. Its aromas are very fine and complex. It has delicate citrus and floral hints. In the mouth it is persistent with a slight finish of bitter almond. It is a first-class aperitif and will go great with all lake fish dishes.

 

 

 

Cemento

Grapes from vineyards of at least 40 years of age, deeply rooted in clayey-calcareous soil. Grapes de-stemmed and fermented with the skins in non-vitrified natural cement tanks. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension for 10/12 months in non-vitrified concrete tanks. Further refinement in the bottle for at least 6 months.

Cemento is pleasantly fresh, has aromas of white flowers and white pulp fruit, with a well-balanced structure and a very enjoyable drinkability. It is also an excellent aperitif, and an obligatory choice for lake fish first courses such as risotto with tench.

May Calls Lugana Wines

lugana

May we trust you. Bring us health, lightheartedness and… A lot of Lugana!

This is the wine that our sommeliers have chosen for the WeTaste.Wine tasting option in May. A product as old as the Bronze Age which is expressed in all its characteristics in two specific areas, overlooking the shores of Lake Garda. A flat one with more leathery clays and flows inland from Desenzano to Sirmione, including part of Pozzolengo and Peschiera. In the latter municipality, an important sub-area is noteworthy: San Benedetto di Lugana, ‘cru’ of the appellation. The other area is more hilly and extends between the Monumental Tower of San Martino della Battaglia, Pozzolengo and Lonato. In these places the clays are more sandy, the reliefs are leveled by time at low altitudes, just over a hundred meters above sea level.

Clayey lands, mostly calcareous and rich in minerals, more sandy in the hills. Lands difficult to cultivate, compact in drought and become mud in the abundance of rain. These are precisely the characteristics that make Lugana so special, as the Lugana Consortium describes “they give the wine vigorous, clear aromas, between almond and citrus, as well as acidity, flavor and a well-balanced structure”.

In Lugana, where an ancient forest once extended, the ‘Lucanian forest’, the climate is mild and constant, also thanks to the proximity of the enchanting Lake Garda. To this we add a low temperature range between day and night and the result is an ideal context to best express this very precious grape, Trebbiano di Lugana, known as Turbiana.

To receive the wine box (or rather wine mystery box:), purchase a wine subscription or a single box by the end of the month and we will deliver it to you at the beginning of the following month. More comfortable than that??? In the section explore all the wineries of the ‘previous episodes’, to get an idea.

At this point we wish you, as always, a fantastic wine tasting experience!

The Bigagnoli Since 2012 Winery – April

Alessio’s story is brand new, and just began in 2012! The wine making project, however, came from years of studies, trials and errors, discoveries, passion and hard work. After a few years as a garagiste, he won the 2012 edition of the Garage Wine Contest in Genoa with his AKA, a Bardolino Chiaretto traditional method. In that precise moment the idea of ​​Bigagnolisince 2012 was born.

That project would have been anything but easy, but he had finally received the confirmations he had been looking for. That acknowledgment gave him the strength and the awarenes she needed. So, despite the tough historical moment for those intending to start a business, he decided to embark on this wonderful adventure. His starting point was a vineyard owned by his father Raffaello and his brother Giuseppe. He took care of his small plot of land through out the summer and the following autumn, and it went right up to its first harvest. A friend allowed him to take his grapes to his cellar and personally follow the entirewine making process.

With his first bottle in his hands, he was at the starting point of a story to be told!

The vineyard

Its vineyards are located on a hilly terrain of morainic origin in the city of Bardolino, precisely in Calmasino, the town where Alessio was born and raised. Calmasino is a small village on the hills that flank the east shore of Lake Garda where the climate and soil deeply characterize the local wines. The vineyard has an area of ​​about 5000 meters with vines ranging in age from 5 to 30 years. The cultivated varieties are Garganega, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. Alessio’s dream would be to create a French-style CRU Calmasino, and we can’t wait to see that day!

The Wines Chosen For You

 

Bardolino DOC Classic Chiaretto

A beautiful rosé with a bright color and an olfactory bouquet of pleasantly acidulous red fruits. The tantalizing spicy note and good acidity go so well with its sapidity. It is perfect with fresh water fish, and asian cuisine such as sushi, and tempura.

 

Scrum Red Wine

In the game of rugby, scrum is the clash of sixteen players, during which they release all their strength and intertwine in a single, harmonious movement. This wine is a homage to rugby, the sport that Alessio loves the most. Scrum is a blend of two grapes: one more elegant and refined – Corvina, 80% – the other rougher and more impetuous – Oseleta, 20%. Like two teams, they meet to create a unique and unbeatable blend of aromas and flavors. Their playground is clayver, an innovative ceramic amphora that allows the grapes to fully express their characteristics, without being masked by wood. Finally, sixteen months of refinement: one for each player. A late harvest for Alessio’s most personal wine. A beautiful concentration that leaves room for cleanliness and elegance, spice, hints of leather and refined tannins. The perfect pairing for a lightly seared steak, and a pleasant surprise with tandoori chicken!

Le Vigne di San Pietro Winery – April

The Vigne di San Pietro are a small area in the morainic hills near the Garda lake. The company of about 10 hectares was founded in 1980 by Sergio and Franca Nerozzi, parents of Carlo Nerozzi, current owner of the company. His father decided to move the family who lived in the city, looking for a place that could combine beauty, nature and productivity. After two years of patient research, destiny brought them to a unique place, a stone’s throw from beautiful Verona and Lake Garda.

The land is rich and suited to produce wine, and many ancient remains testify to this. The soil is clayey, calcareous, morainic, of glacial origin, rich in minerals. The microclimate, which is affected by the nearby Lake Garda, helps the vine to express itself and make the most of the soil. The vines are grown in the middle of a small area full of tree varieties, that create a wide biodiversity very useful for the balanced development of the vineyards.

Carlo is an architect by training, a creative person and now a vigneron. For him, wine is a “medium”, an expressive means that facilitates cultural mediation, the encounter and exchange of knowledge between people. For over thirty years he has been practicing this profession, also helped by his friend Federico Giotto, a young agronomist and oenologist who has helped him to express his style in making wine with greater rigor and technical expertise. He loves elegant, interesting wines, which express depth without impetuousness, which know how to evolve over time by amplifying what is initially only perceived. He loves minerality, transparent and warm colors, subtle and seductive scents. This is what he wants to express with his wines.

The land is not worked and the grass in the vineyards is managed mechanically without the use of herbicides. Green manuring is used to enrich soils and increase biodiversity. The grapes are harvested by hand in crates and processed after cooling within a few hours of harvesting. The varieties present are Garganega, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Manzoni Bianco, Cortese for the white grapes, Corvina, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the red grapes.

 

The Wines Chosen For You

 

Bardolino Chiaretto DOC Corderosa 2019

Fragrant rosé, full of character, with hints of strawberry, rose and peach.

The fruity and floral scents are perfectly balanced by its minerality and spiciness.

We really liked its complexity, with a thousand nuances to be discovered!

It is very versatile with food pairing. Green light for shellfish, fried fish, vegetarian dishes and finger food.

 

 

Bardolino Superiore DOCG 2017

Spicy red, soft, with notes of red fruits and cinnamon. Medium body and well rounded.

For us the perfect wine for your spring bbq’s, while grilling and seated at the table!

In addition to grilled red meats, try it with truffle and mushrooms!