Selva Capuzza

The Colli a Lago Cellar, the heart of Selva Capuzza, dates from 1908, when Count Bonmartini founded the original cellar which he named "Hirundo". This name creatively reflected the link between the migrations of the swallows (Hirundos) and the two most important dates of a winemaker’s year. The swallow's departure for warmer climates in September signals harvest time for the grapes, and the birds' return in the spring coincides with bottling. The Moreniche hills where our vineyards are situated are still a stopping place for the migrating flocks. When Hirundo passed to the Formentini's, a family four generations in the wine trade, the name was changed to its current name, Colli a Logo. This historical name was reserved for the production of spumante; both "metodo classico" and "charmat".

The Colli a Lago Cellar has had an important role in some significant wine making moments in the area: the development of fine spumanti made from Lugana grapes, the creation of an after dinner wine from Tocai grape – which became the DOC San Martino della Battglia "Liquoroso", the trust given to the production of a pure Lugana, and the re-discovery of Tocai (again the DOC San Martino della Battaglia) through study, careful selection and cloning of the vines.

Through the years the Colli a Lago Cellar has become the central vine of a branching enterprise. In 1983 the Selva Capuzza estate was founded with the purchase of the existing farm house and adjacent vineyards. In 2003 we added the old farmhouse dating from the 14th century Borgo San Donino. The Colli a Lago Cellar now enjoys having a central position between Cascina Capuzza and Borgo San Donino. A path 870 steps long links the three and leads us from wine to food to the art of a lost time.

We offer a large space dedicated to tasting and events. During the summer season these can be held under our large wood and brick portico which looks out onto the truffle fields and vineyards.

Wine production is based on the use of DOC wines found in the area: Lugana, Garda Classico and San Martino della Battaglia, all of which carry the Selva Capuzza name in honour of this beautiful and unique land. Each wine has its own clear identity, and for those which have a particularly strong personality, we give the name of a place, a vine and an antique memory.



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