Denominazione di Origine Controllata
Vineyards: The vineyards are located 120 to 130 meters above sea level and they are south-east facing. Pruned-spur cordon-trained. Clayey limestone moraine soil with small gravel and sand presence.
Harvest: The grapes are harvested and put in small wooden boxes to dry until the typical notes of the drying process are fully expressed. This choice to lightly dry some of the grapes is not intended to concentrate sugars but to be able to enjoy the extra nuances created by the drying process. The sugar level is, in fact, already remarkable due to the low yields achieved at the Prendina Estate.
Vinification: Drying gives some unique and special characteristics to this wine which is made with a traditional red fermentation combined with 12-14 days of maceration and followed by the malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged in first and second passage barriques for 18 months. In some particular vintages, which are rich in sugar, aged Merlot grapes are combined with fresh ones to lower the alcohol content.
Tasting notes: Distinctive juicy and silky character with rich mature fruit aromas.
Faial Garda doc 2019 - 93 punti
An astonishingly expressive Merlot made at Prendina, one of four estates southeast of Lake Garda owned by the Piona family. With 70% of the grapes partially dried and after 18 months in wood, the result is an elegant and complex explosion of fresh berry fruit, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and spice. The name, Faial, is after the island in the Azores that proved a safe haven for late owner Luciano Piona during storms at sea.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2019 has been awarded with "Rosa Oro" by Guida Viniplus.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2018 has been awarded "3° BEST WINE OF ITALY" with 96 points by Luca Maroni.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2018 has been awarded with "4 Rose Camune" by Guida Viniplus.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2017 has been awarded with "Rosa Oro" by Guida Viniplus.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2017 has been awarded with "4 viti" by Guida Vitae.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2016 has been awarded with 90 points by Luca Maroni.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2016 has been awarded with "4 viti" by Vitae.
Our Faial Merlot doc 2014 has been awarded "3° BEST WINE OF REGIONE LOMBARDIA" with 93 points by Luca Maroni.