Lugana DOC “1909” Ancilla Lugana is produced without the addition of sulphur. The grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed, followed by a cold maceration on the skins. A slow fermentation took place in steel casks at a low temperature. Lugana DOC “1909” Ancilla Lugana was aged on its fine lees, in stainless steel casks for five months. Bottle aged for one month, prior to release.
The grape variety Turbiana is also known as the Trebbiano di Lugana, but not to be confused with the Trebbiano found elsewhere in Italy. Research indicates that it is more likely to have a genetic similarity to Verdicchio and is one of the few native white grapes capable of ageing. The grapes are sourced mainly from a vineyard in Lugana di Sirmione, where the majority of the vines are over 20 years old. A proportion of grapes are sourced from vines which are over 50 years old and a small proportion comes from 13 year old vines, all adding complexity to the resulting wine. Grown in lime, clay and limestone soils, the vines are trained using a combination of vertical trellis espalier system and the Guyot method.
Ancilla Lugana is located on the shores of Lake Garda in North East Italy. The estate comprises two vineyards: La Ghidina, located in Lugana di Sirmoine, the heart of the production area of some of the most elegant whites in Italy; and Cadellora, situated in Villafranca di Verona. Ancilla Lugaga is run by Luisella Benedetti, the third generation of women to run this estate, who inherited the farm from her mother, who inherited in turn from her mother, named Ancilla. Ancilla was an extraordinary, energetic woman, who worked the fields and got up at 3am every day make her wine producing dream come true. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Luisella gave up her career in finance and took over the family business in the early 2000’s. The lifelong commitment of her grandmother and mother is a passion now shared by Luisella, which is clear to see in this exciting and pure collection of Lugana wines.