This wine cellar, built in the district of Fratta of Monticelli Brusati, was already lauded with admiration in the mid-1800s. The Knight of the Grand Cross, Luigi Rossetti, had created the largest and most beautiful cellar in the province: with four sections of gallery arranged in a Greek cross, it could accommodate a good six thousand hectolitres of wine, a huge amount for that time. Hence the nickname given to it by the locals: el cantinù, or the great cellar.
Upon Luigi Rossetti’s death, ownership passed hands several times, until 1979 with the birth of Antica Fratta. Today Antica Fratta “restarts” with its new, great ambitions, with the firm intention of becoming the “Essence” of Franciacorta
Bellavista was founded in Franciacorta in 1977 by Vittorio Moretti who decided to transform a small family-run winemaking activity based on a few hectares of vineyards into a full-fledged winery.
Those original vineyards, of extraordinary quality, are located on the Bellavista hill, so named for its splendid position, which looks out over lake Iseo and the entire Po Valley, all the way to the foothills of the alps.
From the vineyards to the wine, every process is performed naturally. Every decision is made in consideration of the rhythms dictated by nature and by the history of the Franciacorta area. Bellavista proposes a timeless style and class, the fruit of a simple approach and artisanal attention to even the smallest detail.
Borgo Antico is a family-owned winery in the hills of Conegliano Veneto, a land with moraine origins and a clay-rich core, which has always been devoted to the cultivation of the vine, giving its wines delicate fragrances and particularly determined aromas.
The adventure began in 1973 when Mr. Marchesin Vito decided to produce local wine, involving his entire family, but mainly his son Leonardo. Leonardo began his career as oenologist, and since 1995 has taken over the company now owning 15 acres of land and producing 70,000 bottles of wine per year. In order to safeguard and respect the environment, the winery has achieved a self-sufficient energy system through the use of solar and photovoltaic panels.
The most widely grown variety, namely 80% of total production, is the Prosecco. Once the grapes arrive in the winery, they are manually poured out of the boxes. A portion is gently pressed while the other is put through a cold maceration process in order to enhance the extraction of the primary aromas. The processing in an inert environment allows for a low sulphur level, for the aromas to remain pure thus acquiring a peculiarity that goes directly to the palate and at the same time is enjoyable thus reflecting and representing its original territory.
The “Metodo Ca’ del Bosco” encapsulates the idea of the Metodo Franciacorta. A personal, perhaps even romantic idea. It means embracing excellence in wine, the integrity of the territory and respect for tradition.
The meeting between young Maurizio Zanella and gentle Franciacorta, when his mother moved to Erbusco and planted the first vineyard, was the initial contact with what would be the love of his life. But it was after a trip to Champagne, to the famous maisons whose wine had always fascinated and inspired him, that Maurizio returned with the unshakable idea of making something similar.
What was once a house in a chestnut wood became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy. Since then a single principle has been defining the essence of Ca’ del Bosco: the quest for excellence.
Each member of the Boizel family is proud to be part of its wonderful story and to take their turn as the holder of the family traditions that have been passed from father to son (or daughter) since 1834.
Each generation has managed to progress with the times, trying out new practices in viticulture and oenology and selecting those that will enable the best grapes, and then the best wines to be obtained, ultimately offering the finest expression of their natural character, and always in the pursuit of excellence.
The involvement of the family in all stages of production, from the vine to the glass, and the family’s deep roots in Epernay, in the heart of Champagne, are two major strengths for the House.
The love for Champagne and the passionate pursuit of finesse, character and elegance in the wines are authentic family values.
The Bollinger champagne House has created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. This uncompromisingly independent spirit, dedicated to unostentatious achievement, exemplifies the inimitable elegance for which the Champagne region is renowned and which has so impressed the Court of England that the House has been awarded the Royal Warrant since 1884.
The Bollinger vineyard covers 178 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. Pinot Noir predominates, a demanding grape variety with an intense character which forms the backbone of the Bollinger style. As a guarantee of supreme quality, the best crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,500 small, aged casks. The House lets its wines mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement. This is not out of vanity, but because a great wine needs the luxury of time to develop its full character.
Bollinger never yields to the easy option: wherever ancestral techniques have proved to guarantee the highest quality, they are preserved however challenging this choice might prove. Hand riddling, reserve magnums and vintage cuvées stoppered with natural corks, and a resident cooper: the House proudly perpetuates ancient skills and valuable crafts. Bollinger is the first champagne House to obtain the highly respected Patrimoine Vivant (living heritage) seal of quality which recompenses exceptional craftsmanship and skill.
Since 1838, "Love" has been central to the Deutz' ethos. The land of Grands Crus, the respect for the terroirs and the love of Mother Earth will give birth to precious and delicate fruit. Wines whose purity makes them veritable works of art emerge from this wonderful, age-old alchemy.
Maison Deutz was founded by Pierre-Hubert Geldermann and William Deutz, two young entrepreneurs from Aix-la-Chapelle in 1838. Their unwavering commitment ensured that their champagnes would soon be renowned throughout Europe for their outstanding quality.
Today, the magic of Love still weaves its spell. The iconic champagnes are honed and crafted in tribute to the Founder, in the spirit of the generations that have gone before.
Today, for over 80 years, the brand Champagne Gaston Chiquet is still lead by the family. The two brothers, Antoine and Nicolas Chiquet, and the next generation, Marion Chiquet (Antoine’s daughter) work 23 hectares of vineyards situated primarily in the precious perimeter of Dizy, Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Hautvillers.
Eight generations have passed since Nicolas Chiquet planted his first vine in 1746. In 1919, brothers Fernand and Gaston Chiquet – winemakers born and bred – came together to create their house, CHIQUET Brothers. They were pioneers in Champagne, among the very first winemakers to take the initiative, bold at the time, to keep their grapes, turn them into Champagne and sell their own product. In 1923, they were awarded their first medal in PARIS, then their gold medal in EPERNAY.
While the techniques have been improved, the tradition remains the same.
Located on the very chalky slopes of the Sezannais, since 1963 the Le Brun de Neuville house has been offering a great range of elegant and sophisticated Champagnes.
The vineyard Le Brun de Neuville is spread over 150 hectares, of which the essential has been planted for more 30 years and more on the undulating slopes of the Sézannais. Its vineyard is planted predominantly in Chardonnay, which represents 88% of the total. The Pinot Noir accounts for 11% and the Meunier just 1% of the vines. The supplies of Champagne Brun de Neuville come exclusively from the vines of its members.
Pol Roger is the gentlemen's Champagne, as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in "Voyage en Champagne". It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill and even the British Royal Family should have made it their favourite over the years.
The winery and the cellars are located on the celebrated and noble Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, in the very place where the heart of Champagne beats. The purity and nobility of Pol Roger Champagne is also the fruit of the know-how, passed down from generation to generation. From the harvest in the region's best vineyards, to the painstaking work in the cellar, each gesture has its importance.
In its 160 years of history, Pol Roger has carved out one of the most flattering reputations in the select circle of the leading Champagne brands. For five generations, the descendants have been equally demanding, remaining loyal to the strategy initiated from the very beginning by the firm's founder.
The name is a synthesis of the ancient history of Franciacorta, its 19 municipalities and their vocation for outstanding agriculture. In 1500, when the Venetian Republic was at the height of its splendour, Franciacorta produced food and wine destined for the tables of princes, kings and rich merchants. For Franciacorta, the beautiful city of Venice was the market of choice for introducing its wines.
In medieval times the “contadi” were the counties of Franciacorta, small areas of land known for their outstanding agricultural products.
The “Castaldi” were the lords of the counties, responsible for governing the lands.
The Contadi Castaldi logo depicts one of the phases of the Franciacorta wine production process, the aging in stacked bottles.
One of the many quarries in the area gave rise to the Biasca brickyard, the old building that houses the Contadi Castaldi winery today.
In the second half of the 20th century, the brickyard went out of business. Vittorio Moretti purchased the property, mostly because of his wife Mariella’s childhood memories associated with this plant, which her godmother had owned and where she used to spend her afternoons after school.
When the Franciacorta region was at the peak of its development in the 1980’s, Vittorio and Mariella Moretti decided to convert the brickyard into a winery. Its large spaces and long tunnels where the bricks were fired proved to be the perfect place for ageing Franciacorta vintages and welcoming wine lovers.
A skillful repurposing, which maintained the original designs, turned the ancient brickyard, Fornace Biasca, into today’s winery. The total surface area is 7,000 square meters, with the renovation plan involving a conservative restoration of the central building, with the ground floor used for vinification and ageing, the first floor turned into a finished goods warehouse and the second floor as a party and event location.
If you look at the bottles at rest inside the tunnels, the round symbol is the visual representation of the particular bottom of the bottles intended for Franciacorta, while the second sign reproduces the shape of the void that is created in the interspaces of the stacks. A combination that, referring to the double name of the winery, focuses on the value of the natural and slow development of CO2 to reach, through a fine and persistent perlage, the deepest and most ample nuances of taste.
The most beautiful sensation a wine can offer: a taste of the magic of its native land.
An extraordinary universe of vines gave rise to the territory of Franciacorta. In the variety of its landscapes we discovered a wide range of expression, a richness of nuances, that made the creation of a new winemaking dream a real possibility.
These are the origins of Contadi Castaldi, the most highly specialized company in the art of innovation, which searched the Franciacorta region to find the most evocative vineyards and the most passionate winegrowers. After all, no two winegrowers are the same, and each of them practices and excels in different passions.
There is the Pinot nero perfectionist, the Chardonnay purist, the inventor of seemingly new vine training systems that later turn out to be the legacy of ancient know-how. There is also the poet of Pinot bianco who always manages to surprise us, straight after yet another discussion on the method of green pruning. In addition, there are the six viticultural units of Franciacorta, so different from one another that we have succumbed to the temptation of cultivating vines in each of them, determined to make them similar as regards one methodological principle: to focus on the most subtle differences and meticulously tend the vineyards by hand to ensure they are perfectly healthy and will last a long time.
To us, all of this variety represents a great wealth, which we bring into the cellar with every harvest and which allows us to say that our Franciacorta wines are true blends of wines of different origins that contribute their own uniqueness and which express themselves in the cuvée through their complete and complex balance, and will achieve perfect harmony over time.
Unesco World Heritage
The historical underground wine cellars of Coppo are a UNESCO World Heritage site: a prestigious recognition that fills Coppo with pride. They are part of the network of Underground Cathedrals, a temple of wine dedicated to its history and the hard work of man.
Built beginning in the late 18th century, initially intended as small cellars to conserve wine, they were expanded from 1800-1900 to what they are today. The historical wine cellars of Coppo extend under the hill of Canelli for a total of 5 thousand square meters (16400 ft) and a depth that reaches 40 meters (130 ft).
The history of Coppo winery is inextricably wound with the wine history of Piedmont. It is closely linked to the development of the city of Canelli, known as the capital of Italian sparkling wine and one of Italy’s most important viticultural centers today.
Coppo’s history is one of tradition and courageous vision for the future, of sacrifice and innovation. It is a story of the unconditional love that Coppo has for their vines’ origins, for varieties that have always been cultivated in Piedmont, and for old family traditions.
The origins of the winery date back to 1892. For over 120 years, the family has remained the sole owner. Since the very beginning, the Coppo family has managed estate vineyards and bottled their own wine under the name of Coppo, making it one of the oldest family-run wineries in all of Italy.
PASSION FOR WINE
Today, the major part of the winery’s production centers on Barbera, Metodo Classico sparkling wines, Chardonnay and Moscato d’Asti, Coppo’s Moscato d’Asti can take advantage of the “Canelli” mark, a recently created subzone that is prized for the excellent Moscato it produces.
The winery’s range of products includes some of the most classic DOCG Piedmontese wines, including Gavi and Barolo. Because of their historical importance, Coppo has the right and honor to make the prestigious Barolo outside of its zone of production.
Their history, Piedmontese pride, and pursuit of elegance are the distinctive emblems of the Coppo family in each of their products.
EACH DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE IS A DISTINCT ACT OF CREATION.
Made from only the best grapes, Dom Pérignon commitment to vintages is absolute. Each Vintage wine is created from the best grapes grown in one single year - a true challenge for a unique interpretation of the seasons, and for reinvention.
Each vintage embodies the total faith in the Power of Creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Vincent Chaperon.
The legend of Ferrari began with a man, Giulio Ferrari, and his dream of creating a wine in Trentino capable of competing with the best French Champagnes.
He was a pioneer; it was he who was the first to realize the extraordinary vocation of his area, and it was he who first made substantial plantings of Chardonnay in Italy.
He started to produce a few highly select bottles, with an obsessive attention to quality.
As he had no children, Giulio Ferrari began looking for a successor to whom he could entrust his dream.
Among many candidates he chose Bruno Lunelli, owner of a wine shop in Trento. Thanks to his passion and entrepreneurial talent, Bruno Lunelli succeeded in increasing production without ever compromising on quality.
Bruno Lunelli conveyed his passion to his sons; under the leadership of Franco, Gino and Mauro, Ferrari became the market leader in Italy and the nation’s celebratory wine par excellence.
In this period, some of the Company’s wines were created, wines that were destined to go down in history: we are talking abount Ferrari Rosé, Ferrari Perlé and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore.
The third generation of the Lunelli family is keeping the Ferrari dream alive.
Marcello, Matteo, Camilla and Alessandro lead the company with the aim of combining innovation and tradition, taking Ferrari around the world as ambassadors of the Italian Art of Living.
Mas Candí was founded in 2006 by four young winegrowers with the aim of making their own wines from the vineyards planted by their grandparents.
With the utmost respect for the environment, they work ecologically, recovering old Catalan grapes that have almost disappeared. Mas Candí has more than 55 hectares of its own vineyard located at the gates of the Massís del Garraf Natural Park. Thus it has different terroirs, altitudes and microclimates, to vinify the different grape varieties developed in the most ideal conditions.
WINEGROWERS SINCE 1497
Five centuries of winegrowing, tradition and family
Raventós i Blanc is a winery with one of the longest documented winegrowing traditions in the world. The family farm where our wines are now produced has belonged to the Raventós family since 1497. Five centuries working 90 hectares of vines and forest, a dynasty closely associated with the land from one generation to the next. Today, Pepe Raventós, who represents the twenty-first generation of the family, farms 44 plots using biodynamic winegrowing methods and is committed to maintaining the estate of vines, wood and lake as a complete entity. Raventós i Blanc is faithful to tradition and upholds the relationship between man and nature at the very core of its production philosophy.
Since 1497, twenty-one generations of the Raventós family have worked this 90-hectare terroir at Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
From historical documents about Can Codorníu, we know that in 1497 our ancestors were already growing grapes here for their own consumption and producing must for commercial purposes. This probably represents the longest winegrowing tradition in Europe owned by a single family. Our winery is located at the centre of the estate.
For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment: to produce wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès (Barcelona) as honestly and transparently as possible.
Recaredo makes only vintage brut nature sparkling wines with a distinctive character marked by long ageing.
They are pioneers in biodynamic viticulture. A step that brings man closer to life, to the constant pursuit of balance in the ecosystem, and to respect for biodiversity. Without chemical fertilizers, without herbicides, without fungicides – only elements of natural origin.
All Recaredo’s wines, without exception, are aged with natural cork stoppers, which are technically ideal for preserving the original character of a long-aged sparkling wine. Our sparkling wines become deep and luminous, subtle and rich in nuances, essentially ideal for pairing with fine foods.
Spinefrasse was founded by two young entrepreneurs harboring the dream of creating great wines. The founders were born and grew up in the Euganen Hills, a renowned wine-making area in the Veneto region, in the North East of Italy.
Their products combine the characteristics of the natural wines made in the past with those of present-day wines produced using modern techniques and equipment but with total respect for the wine-making tradition.
Spinefrasse follows the whole production process from harvest to packaging, focusing especially on the development of the organoleptic properties. The grapes are hand-picked and the best ones selected to produce small batches consisting of few prestigious bottles, so that each wine can tell its story as well as that of their creators.
Zonin Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine made from the Glera grape, which is native to the Veneto region. There, the Zonin family owns the largest Glera vineyards in Italy.
Zonin Prosecco’s fresh and fruity flavor profile make it easy to pair with any kind of food and also makes it a delightful aperitif. Its stylish yet classic packaging is eye catching and makes it the centerpiece of any table or discussion. A glass of Zonin Prosecco with friends is the perfect way to enjoy all of life’s simple moments.