Antica Fratta Franciacorta Brut
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Located in the Fratta Quarte of Moticelli Brusati in the province of Brescia in the Lombardy, Antica Fratta can trace its history back to the mid 1800’s. Knight of the Holy Cross Luigi Rossetti is given credit for making it the largest winery in the province at the time. Following Luigi’s death, the property had several owners until it was eventually abandoned. In 1979, Cristina Ziliani established Antica Fratta, restored the building to its former glory and continues to steer the brand forward today as its president. The Ziliani family has a long history in wine production. Beginning in the mid-1950’s, Cristina’s father Franco Ziliani, considered the father of Franciacorta began making sparkling wines using the methode champenoise in the famous cellars of Guido Berlucchi. Cristina works closely with chief winemaker, Pierangelo Bonomi, who has over 30 years of experience in the wine industry Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown on hillside vineyards are planted on glacial moraine consisting of calcareous clay where cool breezes from nearby Lake Iseo help mitigate the warm climate. Franciacorta must be aged for at least 25 months, of which 18 are on its lees. The maturation period for vintage Franciacorta is 37 months with 30 on its lees.