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Lago di Garda

Lake Garda is famous for its unusual Mediterranean vegetation caused by the microclimate.

As well as wonderful landscapes, Lake Garda is famous for its unusual Mediterranean vegetation caused by the microclimate that extends from the Alps in the north (with the Monte Baldo mountain range) to the morainic hills of glacial origin in the south. Bertani grows grapes in the southern and eastern areas of the lake, in the Province of Verona, to produce famous wines such as Bardolino, Lugana and Custoza. Fresh, light wines, like the typical breeze from the lake.
The Bardolino area, which gets its name from the town on the lake, enjoys a mild climate, with good exposure to the sun, good balance between rain and temperature and a variety of soils (sandy, gravelly, clayey), which make Bardolino a particularly pleasant wine. 

The Lugana area produces a white wine with ancient origins, whose history is packed with successes that made it popular back in Roman times. The vineyards where the white Trebbiano di Lugana grapes are grown are situated in a small area to the south of Lake Garda, between Peschiera and Desenzano. They are mainly flat, clayey lands, favoured by the climatic conditions of the Lake Garda basin.

The city of Custoza is at the centre of the winegrowing area and dates from the fourteenth century. As for the other areas of the lake, there are traces of vinegrowing dating back even to prehistoric times, and the activity of winegrowing in the area was already famous in Roman times. In the southern area of the Garda Riviera (with calcareous vineyards in the hills and at the foot of the hills), white grapes are mainly grown, including Trebbiano Toscano, Garganega, Malvasia Toscana and Cortese. These grapes are expertly blended to make Bianco di Custoza, a wine with a dry, soft, slightly bitter taste that has been continuously popular with popes, generals and scholars since the sixteenth century.