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Tommasi presents two new products that will be launched at Lugano Dock 2020: The Fornaci Rosé and, in the coming months, the 2018 Lugana doc Riserva.

30. March – The unique panorama of the estate Le Fornacci, with its neat rows of vines that run down to the shores of Lake Garda, unites the grape varieties and the territory. The Tommasi family is ready for Le Fornaci with a new vintage of the great classics of the Veronese wine school of Lugano DOC 2020 and two absolute novelties: Fornaci Rosé 2020 and Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva 2018, introduced in late summer …

Lugana is an elegant, full-bodied wine that evokes the delicate, fresh aromas of Lake Garda, says Giancarlo Tommasi, enologist at Tommasi Family Estates. – It is also a wine that is a treasure of humanity, having absorbed the unique characteristics of the territory that our family has promoted for generations. As a result, Le Fornaci has become a bold and distinctive project that pays homage to the incredible lakeside landscape and one of Italy’s finest wine regions. We express it through the wines we produce, through wine tourism and, above all, through the culture of hospitality that has always distinguished us. Given the past year, 2021 may be a difficult one, but we decided to make a statement: The Tommasi family is here to stay. Thanks to the passionate work of the men and women in our field, we are ready to move forward with exciting news. In addition to the new 2020 Lugana, Le Fornaci Rosé, an exclusive and intriguing wine with a floral bouquet and lively sip, is on the way; and in the coming months, Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva 2018 will be the culminating expression of Lake Garda and our vision of the perfect marriage between vine and land.

Fornaci Rosé is a blend of local Turbiana (90%) and Rondinella (10%) grapes and a symbolic union of the terroirs on both sides of the lake. The Turbiana from Tenuta Le Fornaci, near Sirmione, meets the Rondinella from its own vineyard in Peschiera del Garda to create a wine with a unique color, the result of meticulous work that begins with the careful selection of the grapes and continues with the delicate phases of pressing and vinification. A delicate colour reminiscent of rose petals is the prelude to a rich bouquet: fragrant and subtle, with aromas of pink grapefruit, peach blossom, mineral notes and mandarin zest. Aged in stainless steel, Fornaci Rosé is fresh, fragrant and refined, with crisp acidity reflecting notes of citrus peel and a long, harmonious finish. The complexity of this rosé embodies the philosophy of the Tommasi family, which promotes quality production through technological innovation, while respecting the environment and the great winemaking traditions of the region.
Served chilled, Fornaci Rosé is ideal as an aperitif and with delicate appetizers or for an impromptu pizza party. The structure of the wine distinguishes it from seafood-based or oriental dishes. It is a versatile wine that is perfect for everyday and casual dining.

The 2018 Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva will be ready by the end of summer. The wine is made from grapes that have been aged to produce a structured and intensely expressive wine. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, 25% of the product remains in 500-litre French wooden barrels and 75% in stainless steel tanks, each time for 18 months. It is then blended and rests in bottles for at least 6 months.

The Fornaci Lugana project does not stop and is once again ready to delight the palate with new Tommasi wines.

Harvest 2020:

Highlights: The vines were productive with healthy clusters and abundant grapes. In general, the production of
was within normal limits, while the potential quality was high due to good acidity.
Harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand in mid-September, with some machinery used at night to bring the grapes to the
winery at optimal ripeness and temperature to preserve the aromas and flavors.
Climatic considerations : The 2020 season was marred by a dry winter and two months, the 1st. April and May were characterized by very little precipitation. The first quarter of the year was warmer than average. A warm and dry spring resulted in slightly early development of the vines
from bud break to flowering and early maturity. Heavy rainfall in June and July allowed for significant vegetative growth. The summer was marked by several very hot days
, several rain storms and unfortunately devastating hail storms.
Agroeconomic considerations : Weather and climate conditions did not affect quality, but did affect quantity, as the most problematic situations occurred before Verizon.

Fornaci in figures: 45 hectares, of which 40 are currently in production – average yield of 80 /cl per hectare.

Vintage 2016: De Fornaci Lugana doc 100,000 bottles – 15 ha in production, average yield of 60 qt/ha
vintage 2017: De Fornaci Lugana doc 120,000 bottles – 15 ha in production, average yield of 80 qt/ha
vintage 2018: Fornaci Lugana doc 220,000 bottles – 30 ha in production, average yield of 80 qt/ha
vintage 2019: Fornaci Lugana doc 350,000 bottles – 40 ha in production, average yield of 80 q/ha
vintage 2020 : Fornaci Lugana doc 350,000 bottles – 40 ha in production, average yield 80 q/ha

Bottles sold in 2019:
Italy 35% Overseas 65%
Main foreign countries : Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada

New Products 2021 :
Le Fornaci Rosè 2020: 17,300 bottles – launching in April 2021
Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva doc 2018: 3,327 bottles – launching in September 2021

TOMAZI’S HEADQUARTERS

A family and a group dedicated to the present and future of Italian wine. Tommasi represents the history of Valpolicella and beyond. With six vineyards in five regions – Tommasi in Veneto, Caseo in Lombardy, Casisano in Montalcino and Poggio al Tufo in Tuscan Maremma, Surani in Apulia and Paternoster in Basilicata – and a partnership in Chianti Classico with La Massa, the group aims to produce excellent wines by improving the terroir. The cultural and viticultural project De Buris completes the picture in terms of the Valpollicella Classica area, the restoration of Villa De Buris and the Amarone Classico doc Riserva. Four generations of pioneers, researchers, predecessors and above all visionaries who care about the value of quality at every stage of production, respecting traditional methods but open to experimentation. With the unique experience and knowledge gained and preserved over time, the Tommasi family strives to progress in every area, combined with sustainable development and hospitality methods. The care for hospitality is reflected in the structures of Villa Quaranta in Valpolicella, Albergo Mazzanti and Caffè Dante Bistrot in Verona and Agriturismo Poggio al Tufo in Pitigliano in the Tuscan Maremma.

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