This estate makes Italy's finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard situated in the western part of the Franciacorta zone in a natural amphitheatre. The glacial soil is full of stones, and provides the ideal environment for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta. Bellavista, meaning 'beautiful view' in Italian, was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy's leading producer of quality sparkling wine.
Bellavista has chosen 190 hectares of vines in 10 communes within the Franciacorta DOCG. The vineyards have some of the best exposure, character and expressive potential in the area. This has given rise to 107 small crus that express the intrinsic personality of the land and the subtle nuances of its character and personality. This wine is made from fruit coming from the vineyard at the Convento dell'Annunciata, which has been cultivated by the monks there since 1449. Now in the hands of Bellavista and planted entirely with Chardonnay, this 5.15 hectare vineyard is a rich mix of sand, silty soil and clay with limestone.
The spring was cool with adequate rainfall, which continued until June. From then onwards, drought conditions kicked in, lasting until mid September. Bud break took place in most vineyards at the normal time. The weather during harvest, which began as usual in early September and lasted through to the end of October, was mild. Rain towards the end of harvest meant that a careful selection of grapes was required. The 2012 wines are well-balanced with notable structure and richness.
Made in the traditional method, the must was fermented in small, three to four year old oak barrels where it remained for 12 months. The wine was bottled during the second spring after harvest, it then rested for a further year in bottle before release.
This sparkling wine is deep straw yellow in colour, with youthful highlights. The nose is broad and appealing, with hints of ripe fruit, especially apricot and pineapple. It has an attractive and elegant vanilla note and a marked mineral vein. Displaying excellent balance and freshness on the palate, it has a long, tangy finish.
Deep straw yellow in colour, a fine mousse and rich texture. Complex aromas of hawthorn, wormwood and bay leaves, this wine is fresh and bone dry on the palate. Distinguished notes of fruit and incense, this wine is smooth and refined, with a long, persistent finish.
The mousse is persistent and creamy; the perlage is extremely fine. It has a straw yellow colour with faint golden highlights and reveals an intense, attractive and complex bouquet, remeniscent of peach blossom, honey and hazelnuts. A very feminine, gentle and graceful wine. It is soft and delicate, and elegantly refined.
This estate makes some of Italy's finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard situated in the western part of the Franciacorta zone in a natural amphitheatre. The glacial soil is full of stones, and provides the ideal environment for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta. Bellavista meaning 'beautiful view' in Italian was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy's leading producer of quality sparkling wine.
Bellavista has chosen 190 hectares of vines in 10 communes within the Franciacorta DOCG. The vineyards have some of the best exposure, character and expressive potential in the area. This has given rise to 107 small crus that express the intrinsic personality of the land and the subtle nuances of its character and personality.
The 2013 wines are well-balanced with notable structure and richness, with higher levels of tartaric acid and a lower pH than usual.
The Franciacorta Rosé Brut is a special cuvée of limited production, a blend of at least 30 of the best parcels from the Bellavista vineyards, some of which are fermented and matured in small oak barrels. The wine is made partially from red grapes in submerged cap maceration, where the must is in contact with the Pinot Noir skins until fermentation, giving the wine a delicate colour.
Delicate pink with persistent bubbles. The nose opens with intense white peach that mellows into wild strawberries, golden apple, rosehip and a hint of toast. On the palate, the wine is dry with well balanced, fresh acidity. An elegant background of blackcurrant and sweet almond flavours linger on the finish.
Deep ruby red in colour with an aromatic nose, strongly reminiscent of fresh strawberries. The palate is richly soft, generously fruity and delightfully refreshing, offering ripe, concentrated red berry fruits such as cranberries, raspberries and strawberries, a fine, persistent mousse and a soft finish. Low acidity and very little tannin combine to create a deliciously fruit driven, thirst quenching wine.
Delicate rose with an intense fruit bouquet of strawberries and raspberries with a lively, round palate.
A radiant pale gold appearance with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry shop aromas are followed by floral notes of lime-tree, violet and lilac, alongside blueberry and concentrated, soft dried apricots. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing rum pastry flavours, ending with delicate spice notes. A perfect balance of freshness and full bloom.
Formerly owned by the Lombardini family (proprietors of La Giustiniana in Gavi), Contero is now owned by the Marenco family, who are Moscato and Brachetto specialists in Strevi. This 11 hectare estate remains one of the best producers of invigoratingly delicious Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui. The ripest and best Moscato grapes are used for Moscato d'Asti rather than Asti.
The Contero vineyards are situated in a perfect amphitheatre in the commune of Strevi, the heart of one of the best zones for Brachetto in Piemonte. The vines are superbly tended and produce fruit of stunning quality. They are located on steep hills with tufaceous-marl soils which contain layers of fertile clay. The vines are Guyot trained and plated at a density of 4,800 vines per hectare. Grapes are hand-harvested into wooden boxes and the average yield is five tonnes per hectare.
The grapes were pressed gently and the must fermented on the skins at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine was drawn from the vat at an alcohol content of 5.5% and bottled under pressure for a light sparkle.
Light cherry red in colour. The rich, persistent mousse accompanies bright aromas of roses and violets. The slightly sweet, aromatic palate has a typical bittersweet note on the finish.
Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Sparkling Wine (alternatives) (see blue link below).
Schloss Vaux stand for uncompromising hand craftsmanship of sparkling wines made solely in the méthode traditionnelle (bottle fermentation).
The utmost care is taken to ensure top quality, from the grapes to the labels. Schloss VAUX accepts only first-class, specially prepared base wines for its individual sparkling creations. Their estate in Geisenheim and decades of personal contact with the winegrowers are crucial elements for ensuring unwavering consistency.
This sparkling blend is crafted for the contemporary connoisseur from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Their "marriage" of the rich creamy finesse of the Pinot varietals with Riesling's bright and refreshing acidity produces a perpetually stunning taste sensation. This wine is fruity and rounded with attractive citrus fruit, grapey richness and a hint of melon.