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Lugana is a wine region that straddles the Veneto to the east and Lombardy to the west in northern Italy. The name has many rumored derivations from local dialect and Latin, all essentially meaning “lake in the woods,” referring to its once heavily wooded landscape and location along Lake Garda. Given its position along a major Roman era road that connects it to Northern Europe, Lugana has historically been a magnet for invasion and warfare, dating back centuries BC. But despite this turbulence, it seems white wine in some form has been produced here all the while, at least for ceremonial purposes. Towns have names that refer to legendary saints and religious figures, such as San Benedetto di Lugana, San Vigilie di Lugana and San Martino di Lugana. Ancient writers such as Virgil, Svetonio, Strabone and Pliny all referenced the local wine. Grape seeds were even found in an excavated Medieval dwelling by the shores of the lake. 
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  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Freisa

    Hailing from Italy’s Piedmont region, this vigorous red variety is used as a named varietal and is vinified into both...

  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is considered to be its native region’s most interesting white variety. Its history typifies the evolution...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Zenato Lugana San Benedetto Veneto 2010


    This is very floral on the nose at first, then gaining a low nutty base and some meaty ripe fruits. Light and fresh, this is surprisingly light and crisp on the palate; the nose prepares you for a bigger wine. Bright, juicy and fairly tense, this delivers some white peach, melon and green gage plum fruit in a lean, bracing, and frankly refreshi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zenato San Benedetto Lugana 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Ancilla Lugana "Ella" Bianco 2008


    At sight it is pale yellow with the typical Lugana greenish highlights. The aroma gives hints of yellow fruits, grapefruit and ripe citrus. Superb! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Il Sestante San Martino Lugana 2009


    Deep Yellow, Quite Intense, Fruity, Fragrant, Tasty, Full, well balanced...even if you can buy 2010 now it's better to drink Now 2009 Read More

    Wine review by luca chevalier

  • Provenza Lugana Molin 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by missgldelx

  • Zenato Lugana 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by rmcunningham

  • Gran Guardia Lugana DOC Giacomo Montresor 2008


    A very nice Lugana. Had it one night at Barbutto in New York with a great dinner. I do wish it were available in the US. Read More

    Wine review by srit

  • Why choose Lugana and not Custoza wine?Two different area arownd lake of Garda, but two very interesting wines! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lugana or Custoza?

  • Pratello Lugana Catulliano 2006


    We just puuled the cork on one yesterday. Label says little of what to expect, we we both pleasantly surprised. Great by itself, would be nice with a cheese plate and some good crusty bread. Read More

    Wine review by miksaman

  • Cantina di Custoza Lugana 2005


    4 glasses, this wine was in a bargain bin for quick sale, what a delight, just a nice break from a chardonnay or a pino grigio, light, citrus smooth finish, went back the next day and they were gone! Read More

    Wine review by mary stawski

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