Lugana Santa Sofia
Lugana is a picturesque, white wine-specific viticultural region in northern Italy. The vineyard area straddles the regional border between Lombardy in the west and Veneto in the east. It sits at the southern end of Lake Garda, the vines providing a relatively new addition to the landscape of fishing villages and castle-topped towns.
The name Lugana is thought to come from the Latin lacus lucanus (lake in the woods); until the 12th century, the area’s dense woodlands extended right up to the lake edge. Monastic influence from the Middle Ages is evident in town names such as San Benedetto di Lugana, San Vigilie di Lugana and San Martino di Lugana.
Most of the Lugana vineyards extend from the village of Desenzano up to Peschiera, including parts of Lonato, Pozzolengo and Sirmione. This forms a relatively small production zone of just 1482 acres (600ha). The Verdicchio grape variety (aka Trebbiano di Lugana) is the essential ingredient in the area’s bianco (white) wines. It thrives in the zone’s calcareous clay soils, rich in mineral salts which help the fruit to reach high levels of ripeness and organoleptic complexity. All Lugana wines must comprise at least 90% of this variety, and are often praised for their balance, structure and fragrance (similar in that of Soave Classico). They are also characterized by their freshness gained from the soil characteristics, fruit concentration, underlying floral and spice notes, and delicate acidity.
As well as being renowned for its fruity whites, Lugana is noted for its intensely coloured chiaretto wine, which can be made as either a pale red or dark rose, using Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Barbera grapes.
Established in 1811, the Santa Sofia winery has headquarter and cellars in Pedemonte, north of Verona (Italy), near the city of Romeo and Juliet, in the noble villa designed by Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century in one of the most beautiful areas and temperate regions of the Valpolicella Classico: Villa Santa Sofia, formerly known as Villa Sarego. Since 1996 Villa Santa Sofia is included in the UNESCO World Heritage along with other villas built by the architect Andrea Palladio.
Santa Sofia, with the turn-over of generations, has built up and maintained a reputation as a “small estate with high quality” and has become one of the most refined and significant realities in the Veronese winemaking world.
Already in the mid-800, the company was known for the excellent quality of its wines. The wines are produced from grapes carefully selected coming from the most suited and best exposed hillsides in the surrounding area. Red wines are well balanced and have great body. White wines are fresh with delicate bouquets. Both are the fruit of a superb marriage between age-old traditions and experience and the invaluable contribution of modern technology.
Delicate pressing and low temperature fermentation are the rule for all wines that carry the Santa Sofia brand. White wines are maintained in modern steel containers.
Great red wines, after solemn and slow ageing in barrels made of Slavonia and Allier oak, undergo final refining in the bottle.
Finesse, elegance, balance and a great pairing with food characterize the style of the company, which produces wines of the Valpolicella (Amarone, Ripasso, Recioto, Valpolicella), as well as of the most suitable DOC zones of the province of Verona, Soave, Bardolino, Lugana, Custoza.
The winery produces an average of 550,000 bottles of wine per year and is present with its wines in more than 50 countries worldwide.