Vineyard location and exposure: In our estate vineyards in the commune of Passirano, at the foot
of the Monterotondo and Fantecolo hills, with east-southeast exposure.
Soil profile: Level and slightly undulating terrain in loose morainic soils of medium fertility, with
medium-deep gravel-pebble mixture.
Vineyard names: Larga Vecchia, Larga Cani, Mosnel, Camilì, and Tesa.
Training system: Spurred cordon.
Yield per hectare: 80 quintals of grapes/hectare = 52 hectolitres/hectare.
Harvest: Hand picking into small boxes, between the last week in August and the first decade of
Vinification: The clusters are gently pressed in a pneumatic press, and the first and second fractions
are kept separate. After a 12-hour gravity settling at 13°C, the must is inoculated with cultured
yeasts and the wine ferments, part at controlled temperatures in stainless steel, part (30%) in small
oak barrels, and then goes through malolactic fermentation. The cuvée is assembled in March,
the liqueur di tirage added and the bottles capped, and the bottles are laid down for the prise de
Maturation, ageing: The tiered-up bottles remain in our 17th-century cellars for a minimum of 30
months before riddling. The sediment is then removed and they are given a dosage of the same
wine, then corked and wired. This Franciacorta then rests in the bottle a further three months before
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