Wine Detail

Faial Merlot Garda

Wine name:Faial Merlot Garda

Appellation:GARDA DOC

Zone:Monzambano (province of Mantova)

Vineyard extension (hectares):2.5

Blend:100% Merlot

Vineyard age (year of planting):Merlot 1989


Colour:ruby red

Nose:Complex, ripe fruit

Flavour:Supple, intense, great structure

Serving temperature (°C):16-18

Match with:Elaborate meat dishes

Average no. bottles/year:9,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:6


Approx. 50% of the grapes are picked and placed into small crates to dry. The rest of the grapes is picked after one week. The grapes are slightly dried in order to obtain the particular notes due to the degradation of the succinic and malic acid.

Vinification and ageing

Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 8/10 days. Racking. Malolactic fermentation. The wine then matures in new and second use barriques for 18 months.

Wine Producer



Address:Strada San Pietro n°86 46040 Monzambano Mantova

Owner:Luciano and Franco Piona

Year of establishment:1960

Total annual production:360000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):50

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):50ha Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Marzemino, Garganega, Tocai, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Corvina, Cabernet Sauvignon

Vine training system:
Cordon spur

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.

Harvest period:September/October

Agronomist:Luciano Piona

Oenologist:Franco and Luciano Piona


Azienda Agricola  Prendina is located in Monzambano, province of Mantova, in the region of Lombardia.
This estate was purchased by the Piona family in 1958 and vineyards were planted. The origins of La Prendina go back to the times of the Gonzaga, Lords of Mantova (XIV century). In the beginning the wines were released with the label of La Cavalchina and the first wine with the label of La Prendina was a Merlot bottled in 1980 for the famous chef Gualtiero Marchesi. As of 1990 the wines of this estate have their own brand. Environment friendly practices are followed in the vineyards in order to favour the concentration in the wines, without altering but enhancing the main characteristics of the different grape varieties. The wines produced are Merlot Garda DOC, Cabernet Sauvignon Garda DOC, Pinot Bianco Garda DOC, Sauvignon Garda DOC and Pinot Grigio Provincia di Mantova IGT.

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