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The Boston Globe: Wine from this Italian region is endangered. The best way to save it? Drink it.
The first Marangona wines were produced in 1973. 2007 marked the arrival of Alessandro Cutolo, Marangona's current owner, viticulturist and winemaker. Alessandro Cutolo has it going on. Passionate, intuitive, respectful, young—he is a modern purist who is committed to doing his best to achieve the best. Farming older vine Turbiana* grapes on the southern shores of Lake Garda and turning them into precious wines is his gig. *(In this region, Turbiana is called Trebbiano di Lugana and was discovered to be Verdicchio through DNA testing.)
The Marangona winery was originally built as a 17th century farmhouse in the Marangona municipality in the southeastern area of Lake Garda between Peschiera and Sirmione. The winery and vineyards are located in an area where Lake Garda's microclimate and soil, rich in clay and white limestone, meet to give rise to wines of great quality.
Alessandro’s estate consists of 25 hectares with vines aging between ten and forty years. There are no manipulations at Marangona. Sustainable farming is practiced with a careful attention to very low environmental impact; this is Alessandro’s land, the land of his family. There is no other way to farm. In the cellar, Alessandro follows time-honored, traditional, artisan production methods of the Lugana zone. His objective is to make wines that fully express the grape, the sun and the soil. He is more than good at it.
Proof? It’s in the bottle. His Lugana is a deliciously elegant white wine with hints of lemon blossom and fresh white fruit. The wine has a good balance between minerality and crisp clean flavors. It is sophisticated but not pretentious.