Felugan – Lugana
100% Turbiana. Many producers feel that Turbiana is very similar to the Marche’s Verdicchio, which, when yields are restricted, has similarly high potential sugars while retaining high acidity. A number of growers have taken cuttings of Verdicchio from the Marche for their vineyards.
“Felugan” comes from two parcels and derives it name from FEliciana and LUGANa. Grape production is restricted through short pruning in the spring and grape thinning in the summer. The result is a Lugana of greater concentration and richness than most others. Early morning harvesting by hand into small baskets (end of September) allows healthy fruit that retains its acidity to balance the greater richness of lower yields. Like the other top producers who make Lugana with low yields, the resulting grapes, if vinified to total dryness, would create very high alcohol wines. Massimo stops fermentation when the alcohol content is approximately 13%, resulting in a wine with 4-5 g/l of r.s. which balances nicely with the natural high acidity of the Turbiana grape. Aged 8 months in stainless steel tanks, with bâtonnage.
About the Producer
Cascina La Feliciana is a 7ha estate that was bought in 1983 by the Sbruzzi's family - owner Massimo Sbruzzi is pictured on the right. It is located south of Lake Garda, in the Commune of Pozzolengo. The vineyards spread among gently rolling Morenic hills. The total production is 20,000 bottles per year.
Farming/sustainability practices: sustainable. Fungicides are only used in absolute necessity. The winery is equipped with solar panels, and the water recycled from the winery is used for the irrigation of the vineyards if needed. The labels are printed with non-toxic ink, and the bottles are made of recycled glass.