Friday, May 15, 2009

Azienda Agricola Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosé Lombardy Italy

Azienda Agricola Ferghettina

The territory of Franciacorta is a section of the Province of Brescia in the Italian Region of Lombardy. Lombardy is the central-northern region of Italy, touching Austria to the North, and surrounded by Trentino-Alto Adige & Veneto to the East, Emilia Romagna to the South and Piedmont to the West.

Shaped during the ice age and, especially after, during the melt down and the slow erosion process of the glacial era (and even now with global warming and rise of temperature), Lombardy’s geography exposes a landscape of small mountains and gentle rolling hills. The soil flourishes of glacial moraines, which consist of unconsolidated gravel and sand over limestone, allowing great drainage, ideal for the cultivation of grapes and winemaking.

The weather is mild and constant due to its location south of the foothills of the Alps, with optimum sun exposition for the vineyards and the tempering presence of large lakes: Lago di Guarda & Lago d’Idro.

Born in 1953, Winemaker Roberto Gatti, son of a winemaker from a rural family in Cazzago San Martino, moved a few years later with his family in Erbusco, true heart of the Franciacorta wine area. While young, he worked with his father in a popular winery producing Franciacorta wines. After the departure of his father, for almost 20 years, he continued to work as a cellar and vineyards manager for the same winery. During those years, he increased his skills and became seriously acquainted with the traditional Franciacorta viticulture and its peculiarities. Meanwhile, he also learnt and experienced the latest wine-growing techniques.

In 1975, he married Andreina and together in 1990 they bought 10.000 acres of land in the districts on Adro and Erbusco. Also in 1990, he was offered the chance to run a small winery, previously abandoned by its old owners, and started to make his own wine, initially sold in bulk. With the harvest of 1991, strong of his 20-years experience and confident to succeed, Roberto introduced two bottled wines, a Terre Di Franciacorta red, and a white. The Ferghettina winery was born, with only one aim: to always produce high quality Franciacorta wines!
Currently, the company manages 100 hectares (247.000 acres) of vineyard, planted in the 6 districts of the Franciacorta area to get the most from the different type of soils, in order to get unquestionable advantage in terms of diversity, complexity and quality.

Roberto is now assisted by his daughter Laura who has a degree in Winemaking, his son Matteo also studying in the same field, his wife and 15 employees. In his newly built, state of the art winery, Roberto produces about 300,000 bottles including 4 types of Franciacorta DOCG Brut, Satén, Extra Brut and Rosé (sparkling wines) and 4 types of DOC (still wines) including two Terre Di Franciacorta white, one red and an I.G.T. Merlot. Even to this day, his first produced Franciacorta Brut remains the top of the line wine of the winery. The positive reputation of Mr. Gatti and his nearly 40 years dedicated to this appellation, tremendously help this region to grew at fast pace and to gain vivid recognition from the press and the amateurs.

2003 Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosè Brut D.O.C.G. Lombardy Italy
Suggested retail price $32-$35
Distributed by VOS in NYC

Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, the 2003 Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosè Brut D.O.C.G presents a very intriguing yet attractive pale onionskin pink color with many reflects, and fine minuscule bubbles. Left in contact with the yeast for 36 months in bottle, it exposes pleasant aromas of fresh raspberry and red wild berry mixed with rose petal, mineral, and light yeasty, bready notes. The palate is elegant, harmonious, fresh and inviting. Very integrated, focus and persistent combined with a pleasant softness, this wine reflects delicacy, freshness and elegance with a bright and versatile yet solid structure that will allow you to serve it with every course of the meal, from the aperitif to the desert.


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Info partly taken from the winery website at

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