Cà dei Frati is an Italian winery with a beautiful range of full-bodied wines, all of which offer great longevity and ageing potential. Most famous for its white wines, such as the dazzling I Frati or Brolettino, there are also wonderful red wines, like the Pietro Dal Cero, vibrant sparkling wines, and exquisite grappas on offer.
Found on the shore of Lake Garda, the name Cà dei Frati means “the place of the friars” and has been producing wines since at least 1782. In 1939, Felice Dal Cero moved into the estate. Thirty years later, all the work in the family put into the vineyards and cellar paid off with the release of the first Cà dei Frati wine in 1969.
The company remains family-owned, passed down through the generations.
At Cà dei Frati, the handpicked grapes are vinified separately to get the clearest expression of the terroir. Elegant white wines, rich red wines, vibrant sparkling wines, and flavourful grappas are all made with care by the experienced hands at the winery.
I Frati: This white wine is one of the jewels in the Cà dei Frati portfolio, made using 100% Turbiana grapes, a native variety.
Rosa dei Frati: Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera grapes all work together to create this high-level rosé.
Brolettino: 100% Turbiana grapes are aged in barriques for 10 months to result in a complex white wine with great structure.
Pratto: A combination of Turbiana, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc that creates a rich, exquisite wine.
Tre Filer: A sweet white wine made using Turbiana, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for the dessert course.
Ronchedone Vino Rosso: A powerful red wine made using 90% Marzemino and Sangiovese with 10% Cabernet.
Pietro Dal Cero: An emblematic Amarone wine going back to the roots of the Dal Cero family. Made using Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Croatina grapes, this is a rich and exuberant red wine.
Cuvèe dei Frati: This is a classic Brut made using Turbiana and Chardonnay, aged for a minimum of two years on the lees before bottle ageing.
Rosè Cuvée dei Frati: Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera grapes work together to create this antique-pink rosé sparkling wine. After two years of ageing on the lees, this is a fresh and vibrant wine.
Pietro Dal Cero: Using the grapes that produced the fine Amarone wine of the same name, this is a beautiful amber-coloured Amarone grappa that is full of flavour.
Grappa Dei Frati: A classic dry white grappa made in the traditional manner using 100% Turbiana grapes.
Other Relevant Information
Cà dei Frati helped to create the DOC denomination for the Lugana region, which lies between Lombardy and Veneto.