On Tuesday 18 June we believe there will be more Franciacorta producers in Scotland than ever before.
If you need any further tempting to join us at this sparkling event where you’ll have the opportunity to taste, contrast and compare dozens of this very special sparkling wine then read on to find out who’s coming. You can also click on the producer’s name to visit their website. There are a few places remaining for the masterclass if you’re quick.
The Hub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
Trade – 2.30-5pm Non-Trade – 6.30-9pm
Tickets £18 each (£15 for a group of 6)
To book tickets for the Franciacorta Edinburgh Festival, visit https://franciacortawinefestival.eventbrite.co.uk
A pioneer of many practices, Franciacorta’s first organic vineyard, Barone Pizzini embarked on their organic journey in 1998. In 2007 the producer’s new bioarchitecture winery was opened, in 2012 the rosé was heralded the Best Organic Wine in the World at the International Wine Challenge. Just 3 years later the winery received the coveted “Special prize for Sustainable Viticulture”. As you’d expect, with all these accolades, the wines from Barone Pizzini are stunning.
Questions sometimes emerge that can change the destiny of people and places.
“And what if we were to make a sparkling wine as the French do?’” was a question the young and irrepressible oenologist Franco Ziliani asked Guido Berlucchi; a country gentleman who was looking for a consultant who could improve his Pinot del Castello. What he found instead almost 65 years ago was a partner for an adventure in fine taste that would profoundly transform the destiny of Franciacorta. These wines hardly need further introduction – come and discover them for yourselves and don’t miss the Palazzo Lana Extra Brut made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes and aged for 7 years on its lees.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, Bersi Serlini’s cellar was built by the Cluny Monks. After 700 years in 1886 it was bought by the Bersi Serlini family who still own it today. A fascinating history, beautiful packaging and naturally exquisite wines. At the Festival we’re being treated to Bersi Serlini’s 50th Anniversary Franciacorta – not to be missed.
Ca’ Del Bosco When he was 15 Maurizio Zanella’s mother planted their first vineyard near their house in a chestnut wood. After a trip to Champagne, Maurizio was hooked and wanted to create something similar. Ca’ Del Bosco became one of the most trailblazing wineries in Italy with one principle: the quest for excellence. Following the traditional bottle fermented method they also have their own Ca’ Del Bosco method of disgorgement – have a look at the video here
Passionate about the ecosystem, constantly being in tune with nature and thus making the most of the natural aromatic characteristics of the grapes Castel Faglia’s wines are a unique style.
Considered “The New Generation” this innovative and super funky Franciacorta style, Contadi Castaldi is proud to offer truly terroir driven Franciacorta, offering a taste of magic. When the Franciacorta viticultural zoning area took place it highlighted six significantly different areas each demonstrating different expressions. Contadi Castaldi is proud to have created a wine which demonstrates the multiple nuances of this terroir.
From the very south of the region classified for Franciacorta DOCG. Corte Fusia is located in Coccaglio in an ancient court dating back to 1600. The grapes are exclusively Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, from both the highest and lowest points of the famed Monte Orfano.
Family run Roberto and Andreina started Ferghettina in 1990 and continue to do so with the help of their children Laura and Matteo. Practising organic viticulture this fantastic Franciacorta is well known as being Elegance Personified! Using a striking square based bottle with triangular, flattened sides provides a surface area around two and a half times greater than that of a standard bottle. Therefore, during the ageing process it gives more lees to wine contact and therefore greater complexity.
Dating back to 1898, four generations later this family winery owned and managed by the Barisellis family produces a Franciacorta with unique personality. Having managed their vineyards for over 120 years the family is completely in tune with the different characteristics produced in each area of the vineyard, knowing each vine almost by name. This enables them to consistently produce wines with true character and quality year after year and decade after decade.
In 1982 three brothers Vittorio, Gian Carlo and Alberto Bozza bought this estate from the Dorothean nuns with the intention to produce Franciacorta. The winery was built completely buried into the hillside which gives ideal maturation conditions for the current capacity of 3 million bottles.
Dating back to the 15th century with the current winery being built in 1995 Majolini is passionate about sustainability and producing terroir-driven wines. Certified organic since 2016, the vineyards for Majolini are on pure white limestone called Medolo which is defined as maiolica limestone, hence the name Majolini derives directly from the land. Medolo gives a fabulous minerality and structure to these wines which are aged for a minimum of 30 months on their lees.
A combination of old vineyards and modern winemaking skills and the result is a stunning Franciacorta named Mirabella. Environmental sustainability is their trademark. As Mirabella says, “We don’t talk about environmental sustainability – we do it”. This is a way of life which has taken years to adopt, ensuring that all practises taking place in the vineyards and winery are as natural as possible for both the environment and people involved. It’s a fascinating story – find out more at the festival. The wines naturally have a great personality and are beautifully presented.
Founded in 1972 Monte Rossa has 70 hectares of vineyards throughout Franciacorta, each therefore contributing different characteristics to the final unique style of Franciacorta this multi-award winning winery produces. At the festival we will be treated to Monte Rossa’s P.R. Brut which is produced from 100% Chardonnay, 65% of the blend is from the winery’s highest quality wine and the remaining 15% is from older vintages resulting in quite a stunning wine. We will also have the chance to taste their most prestigious wine the Cabochon Brut.
In 1967 Ricci Curbastro became one of the 11 producers who gave a new life to Franciacorta. Increasing the production and awareness of this unique sparkling wine they were at the forefront of gaining DOC followed by DOCG status in 1995 and thus establishing Franciacorta on the World map. Ricci Carbastro will be bringing the Brut, Rosé and Saten wines for us to taste at the Festival. These are highly respected and deliciously complex having been aged on their lees for 6-8 years.
Villa Franciacorta‘s 16th century cellar with its cool, silent, dark tunnels dug deep into the Madonna della Rossa hillside storing one million bottles is enough for anyone to fall in love with this wonderful winery steeped in tradition. This, together with embracing modern techniques in the vineyard and winery whilst staying true to nature ensures the wines produced here remain at the forefront of the palates of those who have tasted them. The winery is the living passion of the Bianchi family and without a doubt stands as a monument to the ancient tradition of the Franciacorta Method.
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