Valtenesi and Lake Garda
The area of Lake Garda has known the presence of man and wine from prehistoric times.
It was however the Etruscans – in the 5th century A.D. – who introduced the cultivation of “domesticated” vines or vitis vinifera sativa to the territory of what is now known as Brescia and surrounding areas, thus replacing the wild species (vitis vinifera sylvestris). To the Etruscans we also owe one of the two names by which Lake Garda is known and still has great influence on this region: Benaco comes, in fact, from the term Beni-Aco, i.e. sons of Aco, prince of Etruria.
It is on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, in the middle of the morainic amphitheatre to the west, between the villages of Desenzano and Salò, that Valtenesi lies in an area formed by a succession of concentric rolling hills arranged in a semicircle, among terraces that gently descend towards the lake. Valtenesi is a unique wine-producing area, in which the vineyards have forever coexisted with woodlands, olive groves and aromatic herbs.
Its origins are essentially fluvio-glacial, with a mild Mediterranean climate and warm temperatures throughout the winter months owing to the presence of Lake Garda. Therefore the grapes thrive in this particularly temperate microclimate, favoured also by the morainic soils consisting of clay and sand left behind by the glacier withdrawals. They also benefit from the ideal position and excellent exposure of most of the land.
Cantine Scolari have been located in the heart of this region, in the small town of Raffa di Puegnago, since 1929.
Some wines are good and others are so much more – the voice of a district, of an idea, a dream.
Wines tell the story of the land where they are born and of the life of the people who produce them.
Our region has many such stories to tell: the vineyards roll across the Lake Garda district, in the Brescia area, producing the grapes for the Valtenesi, Garda Classico Chiaretto/Valtenesi Chiaretto, Garda Classico Groppello, and Lugana DOC appellations, each with its own traits, peculiarities and anecdotes.
Valtenesi is rosé wine country by tradition, thanks to the presence of both sandy and pebbly soils which are the habitat for the native Groppello grape.
It tells a family story, tables set for meals, of sharing, and smiles.
The variety usually gives a light, brilliant ruby red wine with fruity and typically spicy notes, good body, and satisfactory acid backbone. A perfect partner for savoury first courses, all meats, and medium-ripe cheeses.
For the Riserva version we turn to the best vineyards and sometimes make a careful selection of the grapes, aging the wine for at least two years. A richer product, it is intensely nuanced with sweet spice, full-bodied, with excellent layering on the palette, always truly mouthfilling but with glossy tannins. Serve with red meat dishes, typical Brescia spit-roast, and any of Lombardy’s many main courses. Often blended with Sangiovese, Marzemino and Barbera, playing a key role in Garda Classico Rosso.
A voice of summer, light-hearted joy, freshness. Of chance encounters, friendships, romance.
The method involves very delicate pressing of the grapes, which are then left on the skins for a few hours to achieve the classic pale pink colour. This is the birthplace of the rosé vinification technique now used to make chiaretto, the “wine overnight”. Traditionally, the earliest and best grapes of the Garda Classico harvest are set aside for the production of Chiaretto, one of the first in Italy to obtain DOC appellation, on 21 July 1967. Modern winemaking techniques and above all careful use of temperature control during fermentation enhance the unique and intense aromas with fruit notes to the fore. This wine’s particular velvetiness is evident at first sip and certainly comes from the generous alcohol content, in turn attributable to the selection of the best grapes and the winemaking technique. To close, the slight hint of bitter almond blends well with the tangy finale, a legacy of the minerals that only the soil in this area is able to yield to the vine and its grapes. A well-balanced composition showcases the wide range of aromas and the complex, refined mouth, typical of this rosé with its inimitable personality.
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Typical expression of the Brescian shore of Lake Garda, Lugana Doc wine is obtained from grapes of the Trebbiano di Soave (Turbiana) variety belonging to the Verdicchio genotype.
From the oenological viewpoint, it is a complete grape variety: outstanding results are obtained in the entire range from sparkling wines to later harvests, with peaks of absolute excellence in still wines.
In its youth, Lugana presents floral and fruity hues, with good freshness and zestful taste. It features an almondy back palate and exhibits good longevity acquiring intense mineral notes of anise and dry flowers with excellent structure and tanginess.
It is a wine to try with poached sea bream or whitefish prepared with marjoram.