The wine farm
It all began in 1970 when my father Angelo bought this hill, already called La Guarda at the time. The old owner had just started excavating and planting the vineyards. I was just a child. They were years of hard work: dad divided himself between the winery he managed in Limito (MI) and the work in the vineyard in Muscoline. Between 1978 and 1981 he completed the construction of the cellar and of the house we moved into in 1988, as soon as I finished my agricultural studies. Francesca and I met during the 1999 harvest and now we manage with a lot of passion what my father built; we are making innovations and improvements that have allowed us to realize our dream: the 'Agriturismo in Cantina' is a completely renovated tourist facility by recovering the upper part of the winemaking cellar. But the story continues and a new project will see the light in 2022: a new structure dedicated to wine tourism and the culture of wine and oil of Garda.
Gigi and Francesca
My wife Francesca and I are deeply united by our love for the world of wine and we like to describe our project this way:
“Our passion is to produce quality wines but even more we love to tell their story”
William Shakespeare wrote this true sentence:
As surely as in wine there is truth
I’ll tell you everything, with no secrets.
And that’s exactly how it is: in front of a glass of wine people tell their stories, hearts open up and souls meet and can touch each other. During these years we told to friends, visitors, tourists, simple wine lovers, our story and we were lucky enough to live and be part of theirs: different and incredible events that, for a few moments, seemed to be ours...this is the magic of wine!
The evolution of the
wine farm La Guarda
Vineyards come to life
The winery farmhouse
The story goes on
The hill and the vineyards
This hill, located on the edge of the morainic amphitheater of the hills of Lake Garda, has very ancient origins and dates back to the Quaternary period. The land is therefore of morainic origin, and consists mainly of sand and stones of different shapes, nature and color, scattered chaotically in the ground. This composition naturally gives our wines flavor, minerality, elegance and balance.
The company currently covers an area of 18 hectares, 9 planted with vineyards and 2.5 planted with olive groves. The soil, characterized by stones and sand, gives rise, together with the particularly dry and constantly ventilated climate influenced by the proximity of the majestic Lake Garda, to a pedo-climatic situation such as to be considered by many experts, not only ideal for the achievement of excellent quality of products, but also the best in the area. The vines we grow are: Barbera, Groppello, Marzemino, Merlot and Sangiovese (the reds), Riesling Renano and Chardonnay (the whites). In the small basement cellar it is possible to get to the heart of production and follow step by step the meticulous processes that, starting from the bunch of grapes, lead to the wine ready for the bottle.