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 200 hectares of vines across 10 communes within the Franciacorta DOCG. The vineyards have some of the best exposure in the region and produce fruit with character and great aromatic potential. For the Vintage Brut, site selection is rigorous. Fruit only comes from vineyards that are high up on the hillsides, with a south/southeast exposure. Average vine age is over 25 years old.
This was an unusual year. The long spring was characterised by short, light spells of rain. Summer was generally mild, with flowering taking place between 5th and 12th of June, with good levels of sunshine, perfect wind conditions and night time temperatures below 17°C. Harvesting commenced on the 2nd September and lasted just over two weeks.
Individual parcels are specially selected for this blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. Made in/using/with the traditional (Champagne) method, 30% of the wine that makes up this Vintage Brut is fermented and matured for at least seven months in small oak barrels with the remainder in stainless steel tank. Once blended and bottled, the wine matures on lees for an additional 4 years before disgorgement.
See also the blue link below for the 'culturally rich' fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Bellavista Franciacorta Brut 2013 - fiche technique
Bellavista Brut is a vibrant green gold colour with an exuberant and persistent mousse. The nose exhibits sweet ripe orchard fruits with hints of candied citrus complemented by hawthorn and elderberry blossom, white almonds and pastry notes. Elegant and complex, this powerful wine balances a silky texture with a backbone of fresh acidity and hints of white fruit and blossom on a long dry finish.