Four generations of the Dal Cero family have worked at Cà dei Frati (the “house of friars”) since acquiring the estate in 1940. The winery is located on the south banks of Lake Garda, near the Sirmione peninsula, and the vineyards benefit from the cooling influence of the lake. The prevailing wind and mild climate contribute to the production of high quality wines despite the flatness of the land. With 150 hectares of vineyards (all of them hand harvested!), Cà dei Frati is the most important winery in Lugana. Grapes are grown on predominately clay soil. The focus of the estate is the local Turbiana, which is interpreted in a variety of styles, some innovative and some traditional, all however true to the spirit of the region. The wines are elegant in structure with a hint of wildness and are unique for their concentration, complexity, and expressiveness.
Cà dei Frati is now led by Alberto, Davide, Nico, and Francesca Dal Cero continuing the family’s commitment to sustainability, and direct ties to the land and its qualities.