The hills above Lake Garda are almost as pretty as the white wine that flows from its sunny southern slopes: an aromatic, charming flavorful wine that goes by the name of Lugana. Nestled near the picturesque Sirmione peninsula, Ca dei Frati is the quintessential property in a stunningly beautiful region of northern Italy that poets and popes have likened to Eden, and then there is the estate’s remarkable I Frati Lugana – the most seductive and delightful of white wines. For four generations the Dal Cero family has grown grapes and fashioned wines of legendary status from their modest 44 acre estate. Today, Igino, Franco, and Ana Maria Dal Cero run this impeccable azienda agricola. They combine the joys of tradition with the benefits of modern viticulture. In recent years they have modernized the old family cellar and introduced new equipment. They have also developed a new trellis system for their grapes that has further improved the estate’s vineyards. Furthermore, the present Dal Cero trio has consented to selling at least a portion of their outstanding Lugana outside of Italy, which happily allows us to offer club members one of the wine world’s most unique and venerable treasures. Like most Lugana producers along the shores of Lake Garda, Ca dei Frati makes a small amount of a charming red wine and a tiny bit of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, too, along with its more famous offering. Nevertheless, it is the estate’s legendary Lugana I Frati, made from low yields of the Lugana grape (the local name for the region’s particular clone of Trebbiano) that has bestowed nearly cult status upon this otherwise modest family run winery. So enamored are the local cognoscenti and now the growing number of international clientele that rarely is there even a few bottles of I Frati available at the cellar door: the estate’s Lugana is sold out immediately upon release. So as to not totally disappoint visiting hopefuls, the Dal Cero family has frescoed the cellar walls, with the idea that if visitors cannot revel in the beauty of the family’s wine, at least they can enjoy the artwork. In addition to Ca dei Frati’s hallmark Lugana I Frati, the Dal Ceros also fashion another outstanding, but less traditional Lugana: Brolletino. Unlike the I Frati, the cru Brolletino is aged in small 225 liter oak barrels, which gives it an international style and an almost Burgundian character. It is fully mature upon release, but will retain its rich intense flavor for many years. Not surprisingly, it is produced in very small quantities.