The grapes to produce the Lugana DOC “I Frati” Cà dei Frati were hand picked and selected in the vineyards. Once arrived at the winery, they are pressed with a pneumatic press.The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve its natural fresh fruit character. The Lugana DOC “I Frati” Cà dei Frati then matured on its lees in 500HL stainless steel tanks for six months, before spending a further two months in bottle before release.
The secret to the success of the Cà dei Frati wines is outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Cà dei Frati, the vines are trained low, on single or double Guyot, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are well below the average for the zone. Vines are 10 to 35 years old. In Lugana, the Turbiana grape is grown on the glacial soils just to the south of Lake Garda. The warmer days give wines with more weight and intensity than those from 60 kilometres to the east. The cool nights, thanks to the moderating influence of the lake, ensure the grapes retain aroma and acidity.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Cà dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.