The grapes to produce the “Ronchedone” Cà dei Frati were hand picked and selected in the vineyards. Then underwent a prolonged maceration that lasted eight months in stainless steel tanks before fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to barriques for malolactic fermentation and aged in a mixture of French and American oak (50% second use, the remaining third use) for 14 months. This was followed by a further 2 months in bottle prior to release.
The grapes are grown in the Dal Cero family’s own vineyard, Ronchedone, which is located on the south bank of Lake Garda near the town of Sirmione. The vines for ‘Ronchedone’ are planted on chalky, limestone and sandy clay soils, using single Guyot and cordon training. The yields are around eight tonnes per hectare.
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.