Wine name:Merlot Garda
Zone:Monzambano (province of Mantova)
Blend:85% Merlot 15% Cabernet
Vineyard age (year of planting):Cabernet 1980,2000 Merlot 1980,2000
Altitude:140 meters above sea level
Colour:bright garnet red
Nose:quite intense with red fruit notes
Serving temperature (°C):16
Match with:meat dishes, cured meats, cheese
Average no. bottles/year:60,000
Vinification and ageing
As Merlot ripens earlier than Cabernet, the two varieties are vinified separately in steel. Merlot goes through a longer maceration with the skin, as the tannins are more supple. Cabernet is racked off earlier in order to enhance the fruit. The wine then matures briefly in second and third use barriques in order to make a fresh and pleasant wine.
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:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.
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.