Spontaneous grassing in the vineyards to contrast the strength of the vines, targeted pruning for low production per plant (never more than 9 tons / hectare), planting densely with 5000 vines / hectare, prevalence of native grapes, use of pesticides with low environmental impact, defoliation, grape selection and manual harvest.
These are some of the principles that we apply in the vineyard and that allow us to obtain healthy and rich grapes. Essential base for obtaining intense, complex wines, pure expressions of our splendid Lake Garda territory and its morainic hills.
We are now in the process of biological conversion to produce organic wines, after more than 10 years of cultivation with a low environmental impact regime. Respecting the soil and vines, for us of the La Torre farm, means respecting ourselves and the ecosystem of which we are part.
“La Torre” winery has only one goal: to let the characteristics and qualities of our grapes express themselves.
Pairings can be thought of later!
All the vineyards are around the winery: the grapes, immediately after being selected and harvested manually, are pressed within one hour, without undergoing any treatment. We carry out soft pressing, the musts ferment at controlled temperatures, the clarification of the musts takes place by nitrogen floatation. The wines, before being bottled, pass a period of time, more or less long, in cement tanks. They thus have time to rest after the fermentation processes, balance and be ready for subsequent bottling. A meeting point between tradition and innovation.
Two wines of our production are always aged in barrels only in the second, third and fourth passage, without thereby ruining the delicate balance that has been painstakingly obtained over time.
Our wines belong to the D.O.C Riviera del Garda Classico, or the Lake Garda area where vines have been cultivated for several centuries. There is even records of a Roman settlement in the first centuries after Christ as proof of this heritage, who sensed the potential microclimatic of Lake Garda, starting to cultivate vines, lemons, olive trees and capers: a tradition that has lasted for over two thousand years, then as today.
The heart of the Classic Garda Riviera is, undoubtedly, the Valtènesi, a small sub-area formed by a few municipalities with exclusively hilly land of morainic origin, from which the D.O.C. Valtènesi was recently created.
Although young, it is a designation in which we winemakers of the Valtènesi Consortium believe very much: it represents the qualitative pinnacle of Garda Classico, emphasising the central role of the autochthonous grape par excellence of west shore of Lake Garda, Groppello (of Mocasina and Gentile), with strict specifications in terms of minimum percentages of use of this grape (in Chiaretto and Groppello wines) and maximum production per hectare.
To better understand the special features and potential of the territory around our splendid Lake Garda, it is necessary to briefly mention its origin.
The formation of Lake Garda and the morainic hills.
Lake Garda is a lake of glacial origin, the result of a series of events linked together. The tectonic rift that contains the lake basin and the mountains that surround it, can be dated back to the Eocene period, around 3 to 5 million years ago.
In that era of shaping the earth’s crust, the deep bed of our lake was formed as well as the rise of its surrounding mountains (Mount Pizzocolo, Mount Manerba, Mount Baldo.)
In the valleys, formed by tectonic upheavals, the waters of the Sarca, Chiese and Adige rivers flowed together, rivers that began their characteristic work of erosion and shaping of the rocks.
In the Pliocene era (about 5 million years ago) the Lake Garda area, like the Po valley, was covered by the sea, due to the reconnection between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean seas which invaded these deep valleys depositing clay sediments. This is proven by the discovery of a great number of marine fossil specimen in many areas. Subsequently, a new phenomenon affected the area south of the Alps: ice occupied all the valleys where, still today, the Italian pre-Alpine lakes are located.
During this period, due to the very low temperatures, the sea waters withdrew, being absorbed in the form of ice and atmospheric precipitation, leaving mines of rock salt. Four glaciations followed that shaped the current lake basin, first holding and then releasing a large quantity of debris that accumulated, forming what is now the morainic amphitheatre of hills, at the foot of Lake Garda. The erosive and excavating action of the glaciers was therefore a fundamental step for the formation and creation of our lake.
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