Once upon a time…
The Ca’ dei Frati company has been renowned since 1782, as confirmed by a document that refers to "a house with a cellar located in Lugana in the Sermion district known as the place of the Friars”. In 1939, Felice Dal Cero, son of Domenico, formerly a wine grower in Montecchia di Crosara near Verona, moved to that very house in Lugana di Sirmione, immediately realising the area’s potential for vine cultivation. After thirty years working in the vineyard and the cellar, his son Pietro took part in the creation of the DOC in 1969, bottling his first wine with the label Lugana Casa dei Frati, later named Ca’ dei Frati. In 2012, Pietro Dal Cero passed away, leaving the cultural legacy to his wife Santa Rosa and children Igino, Gian Franco and Anna Maria, who run the company with the same passion and determination.
Within the walls of the monastery
Time, our best ally
The grapes of every vineyard are vinified separately in order to gain a clearer vision of the expressions of our "terroir". The processes take place with the utmost respect for the raw material through an innovative technique refined over the years that enables us to obtain full-bodied wines with great longevity. The bond and the continuous collaboration with our friend Gino Veronelli has helped us to create and plan our wines over time.
From the vineyards on Lake Garda
Our wines are produced through the painstaking observation of the land and the behaviour of the vines, conducted by four generations of winemakers. Our wine begins with the reawakening of the vegetative cycle of the plant: for this reason, every day of the year has a fundamental role and is an important element in achieving our goal.
Dedicated to our guests
Our establishments on Lake Garda
The Ca’ dei Frati experience can be enjoyed not only in our cellar but along the shore of Lake Garda at our catering facilities, where our wines can be tasted at the tables of our restaurants and premises.
"Drink your Lugana young, very young, and enjoy its freshness. Drink it after two or three years and enjoy its completeness. The Luganas are rare among wines in that they have an extraordinary capacity for getting themselves recognised. Taste a Lugana and, if you are a good taster, you cannot forget it. A great painter can be recognised, as can a great musician: every time, when a new work is produced, it is recognised as his, it’s a way of presentation that arises at that moment”.
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