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Exploring Italian Whites: Lugana & 2012 Pratello - Terre Bianche - Lugana DOC - Vino in Love

Exploring Italian Whites: Lugana & 2012 Pratello - Terre Bianche - Lugana DOC - Vino in Love | Good Things From Italy - Le Cose Buone d'Italia | Scoop.it

Exploring Italian Whites: Lugana

Today we are going to talk about Lugana. Lugana is one of Italy’s oldest appellation for white (and sparkling) wine. The wine is produced predominately with 100% Trebbiano but up to 10% of other white grapes are permitted, as well. Over the last few years, Lugana has become increasingly popular. The production center for Lugana is centered around the town of Sirmione, which is located at the southern edge of Lake Garda. The area benefits from the fertile Po Valley. The Po is Italy’s longest river with a length of over 650km.

 

 

Furthermore, the Lugana benefits from Lake Garda’s mild climate. It is worth knowing, that Lake Garda is the northernmost area where olive trees can still be planted. On July 21st 1967, Lugana was awarded DOC status, making it the very first DOC-wine from the Lombardy/Lombardia region.

 

Nearby appellations include Garda DOC, Bardolino DOC and Bianco di Custoza DOC.

 

Lugana is usually a crisp, dry, fruity white wine. It is especially popular during spring and summer. There are four types of Lugana: Lugana DOC (the standard version that is best served very cold at around 6° C), Lugana DOC Superiore (higher alcohol and at least one year of aging that is best served at around 12°C-14°C), Lugana DOC Spumante (sparkling wine) and Lugana DOC Vendemmia Tardiva (late harvest). Please note the different suggested serving temperatures between the varieties of Lugana (temperatures taken from the Association of Lugana wineries).

For many decades, Lugana has been unknown outside of Italy. Mostly because Veronese Pinot Grigio was mass-produced and exported on a large scale. The wine is also ideal for preparing Veneto Spritz, an Italian aperitif.

 

Read the full article at Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/2012-pratello-terre-bianche-lugana-doc/


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6 Beautiful Places to Celebrate Spring in Italy

6 Beautiful Places to Celebrate Spring in Italy | Good Things From Italy - Le Cose Buone d'Italia | Scoop.it

Italy in spring? Stunning! But while that’s true no matter where you are (in fact, here are 6 reasons we love Italy in springtime), we tend to think that nothing shouts spring!… more than blooming flowers. And gorgeous views. And verdant landscapes. Especially in a country as full of natural beauty as this one.

You agree? Then make sure you check out our list of places you especially won’t want to miss in Italy in springtime.

Here are 6 of our favorites.

The DolomitesRavello, on the Amalfi coastThe Umbrian countrysideAbruzzo’s Campo ImperatoreTuscany’s Val d’OrciaItaly’s lake district, including Lago Maggiore, Como, and Garda


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