This wine comes from a grapevine known as Trebbiano Lugana, but scholars are
stili trying to find out its true origin.
Human exploitation of the environment has entirely reshaped the naturai landscape
of this place, once called "Lucanus" by Ancient Romans because of die large number
of lake inlets once surrounded by oaks bush. Some substantial historical accounts
relate the peculiarities of a naturai setting where a successful partnership took
place in a rural economy, based mostly on the wealth of fish living in die lake
and die growdi of "viti generose" (generous vines) as Ottavio Rossi recalled in
die 17di Century. It was in diis region diat Gaius Valerius Catullus lived for
a long time, the bard of diis land and of its renowned white wine. The Ostrogothic
and Longobardic kings praised the Lugana wine so highly diat King Theodatus, who
lived around 500 A.D., called it a royal wine. As a white wine, the Lugana was
always a favourite both at the lavish Council banquets and at those held at the
On July 21, 1967, a decree acknowledging D.O.C. "Lugana" was published in die
"Gazzetta Ufficiale" and so this wine was among the very first ones to be protected
by officiai legislation. This Decree establishes that 90% of its grapes must be
from the Trebbiano Lugana's vines and forbids being laced with aromatic grapes.
The colour of die Lugana ranges from a typically bright Straw yellow
to a slightly greenish shade, which acquires some golden highlights
with aging. Its bouquet reaches the nose instantly thanks to its
gentle and balanced notes, its taste is tipically dry and lively.
Captivating as an aperitif, it goes very well with Italian hors-d'oeuvres but
is best served widi lake trout, eel and "coregone".
It is best served in a middle-sized goblet at an ideal temperature of 8/10° C.
The Lugana wine can be produced as Lugana Superiore when refined for at least
Tasting it you'll enjoy an unexpected and exceptional flavour. You'll discover
an intense, ampie, incredibly tasty, well-structured, persistent and long-lived
wine, which is able to accept some years in bottle without difficulty.
Its best serving temperature is between 12 and 14 C°.
At its best with fresh-water fish, especially "coregone" and eel, it is also
lovely when accompanied with fine and delicate dishes, sweet cheeses and cold
Grapevines and technology
Lugana Spumante D.O.C, is derived from the smooth Lugana. The sparkling process
of die former is known as die Charmat Method or the Classic mediod and is enhanced
due to its peculiar abundance of salty acidic substances. It is marketed with
an alcoholic content of 12° C.
A Straw yellow wine with a lively and substantial "perlage", a fresh and intense
bouquet widi some yeast notes and a few brewing undertones, dry and full-bodied,
balanced in die manner of its smooth white ancestor.
Lovely as an aperitif, well accompanied widi delicate dishes and fish-based courses.
It is best served cool, in a flùte, at 6/7° C.