Castel del Lago is an exciting new white from Matteo Bernabei. Consultant for pricy top wineries by day, he has his own vines where, by night, he makes this gem. It features Garganega, the key grape of Soave, that naturally lends citrusy freshness. Grown on sloping vineyards that lead down to the lake (the largest in Italy) the grapes ripen really well. All that sunshine is reflected off the water back up to the vines. The soils help too – stony and well drained, they add to the fruity intensity. Garganega with a dash of Chardonnay, the wine was aged several months on its lees, which adds a delicious creamy weight to its zip. It’s terrific on its own or with food. Matteo suggests serving with prosciutto and melon, fish or salads.