Cantina Ronca – The battlefield back in love

Excellence in the land of Custoza and Bardolino doc

Between  Custoza and  Bardolino DOC wine regions, lies the territory of Sommacampagna, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, which is only 10 km far from the city of Verona. In 1866, this lands have been one of the field of Third Italian War of Independence in the Italian unification process: “The Custoza battle”. The battle saw the Italian army facing the Austrian army, with the latest able to drove back the Italian army and be victorious. Today all the area is of a great beauty, with no apparent signs of past conflicts. The vineyards running all over the hills create a peaceful landscape where the only feeling possible is love for the nature.

This historical area with its rolling morainic hills, forms the backdrop to the Ronca winery, whose vineyards are gently caressed by the mild breezes coming from the nearby Garda Lake. The lake and its surrounding morainic hills were formed by the retreat of an ancient glacier. Therefore, the soil is rich in mineral debris eroded from the mountains, which give a peculiar salinity to the wines.

The willfulness of Massimo Ronca has brought his activity as a wine maker on Lake Garda to grow rapidly and constantly, with the objective of total quality, from the grape to the glass, arriving today at owning 20 hectares (50 acres) of splendid vineyards which are carefully tendered and controlled with utmost respect for nature during every production phase.

The Ronca family cultivate their estate grown grapes for the production of DOC wines typical for the Garda territory, such as bianco di Custoza and Bardolino wine as well as the IGT wines Garganega, Corvina  and Pinot Grigio. The harvest is carried out as an ancient ritual, with grapes hand-picked solely, in line with the tradition started back in 1976. In the wine cellar only estate grown grapes are used, which have been carefully hand selected from the Bardolino and Custoza Doc vineyards.

At present, Ronca winery produces 50.000 bottles of wine (per year), whereas the grapes which grow within the estate would permit a potential production of 250.000 bottles per year.

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