Franciacorta is the Italian equivalent of Champagne, made using the same method (Methode Traditionnelle), of bottle fermentation. This one is made of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir (grapes used in most Champagnes)
This Franciacorta (Ugovezzoli) has a fresh, crisp, dry taste – absolutely delicious. There are gold sparkles in this intensely straw yellow coloured wine. There is a fresh brioche flavour, often found in Champagnes, and there is a nuttiness too. The very fine, creamy perlage (the stream of bubblesm or fizziness) is indicative of a good quality wine.
Franciacorta has been a bit of a secret in the Italian winemakers’ cellars- and they have been keeping it for themselseves and other Italians. Whenever visiting Italian wineries, this is what they serve, so we are bringing it to our customers for you to taste and savour. The price point is usually lower than Champagne but production standards ensure high quality.
This particular Franciacorta is from a very small produce who uses organic and biodynamic production practices. Based in Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Province of Brescia, in the Lombardy region of Italy, the family story dates back to the silk traders in this area.
There are only 30,000 bottles of this made every year, and the grapes are harvested by hand and the wine created with the care and attention of a master craftsman.
The Method Franciacorta
Franciacorta is produced in exactly the same way as Champagne, although the blend of grapes used is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ( the 3rd Champagne grape, Pinot Meunier, is not used in Franciacorta).
The grapes are harvested and selected manually then immediately pressed, whole, very gently. The “must” is fermented with the use of selected yeasts. Once blended, the wine is them bottled to allow second fermentation in the bottle ( as per the Classic Champagne method). There is stays for at least 22-24 months before the wineries “dosage” (secret ingredient) is added following the disgorgement.
The Vezzoli family has ancient roots in the west of Brescia. Among the best known in the area, also due to the commitment in numerous social and political initiatives carried out between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, the Vezzoli have always given great importance to the activity in the agricultural sector. At the traditional cereal production, at the beginning of the last century was added the silkworm breeding, then in the Twenties an experimental pergola was implanted. In 1981 the first vineyard of Chardonnay grapes is planted, within a few years others will be added in the municipality of Adro. From the simple production of grapes the company passed to the Franciacorta sparkling wines, which are starting to be marketed in 1990. The company Ugo Vezzoli is located in the San Pancrazio historical palace. The offices and the tasting room occupy part of the original 16th century building; the processing and aging cellars are on two levels, one underground, the other above ground using part of the nineteenth-century rural buildings.
The vineyards are owned and managed directly by the company. Those of Franciacorta are located in the municipality of Adro: in these 3 hectares Chardonnay DOCG, Pinot Nero DOCG, Merlot and Cabernet DOC are produced. In the hamlet of San Pancrazio, the vineyard of 1.50 hectares is part of the Sebino IGT area, here Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Nero grapes are produced. The annual production of the company Ugo Vezzoli is about 20,000 bottles of Franciacorta DOCG, in different types, to which are added almost 10,000 bottles of Curtefranca DOC and Sebino IGT still wine.