Tony Brown

Prosecco may have been the most talked-about Italian fizz of recent years, but it’s also driving interest in alternative sparkling wines:

Durello in particular is growing strongly while upper-end wines are also benefiting from the Prosecco phenomenon, especially in the on-trade. Specialist retailers are finding Franciacorta, Gavi and Trento DOC are all in good growth and gaining increasing acceptance from consumers” Tony Brown MW – Boutinot’s product manager for Italian agency wines (Harpers Italy Supplement, December ’17)

For a top quality ‘metodo classico’ alternative – Franciacorta is a fantastic recommendation: also from northern Italy, west of Lake Garda , the region has less than 3,000 hectares of vines and the majority of production is still sold within Italy. Around 1,000 km south of Champagne, the grapes are well-ripened with slightly lower acidity, requiring less dosage. 

Matteo and Laura Gatti


Our Franciacorta wines are exquisitely produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by the Gatti family at Ferghettina – one of the region’s most prized wineries. No need to just take our word for it though! Decanter’s Italy 2018 supplement (published alongside the February issue) lists a selection of Franciacorta wines chosen by Rebecca Gibb MW – 3 of the 11 are from Ferghettina, and they’re also 3 of the 4 highest-scoring wines of the selection!…




Ferghettina ‘Riserva 33’ Franciacorta Pas Dosé 2009: “The 33 in the name refers to this being a blend of three cuvées – Extra Brut, Milledi and Satèn – each making up a third of the final wine. Dry and savoury; richly aromatic and developed, giving complex almond and baked apple. Mouthfilling and vivacious. Drink 2018-2020. 94 points.” (we’ve now moved on the 2010 vintage)


Ferghettina Franciacorta Extra Brut 2011: “Having spent nearly six years on lees, this 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Nero blend is mellow and suave, leaving you feeling relaxed. Full and round with great density, it offers up savoury, nutty and creamy flavours. Drink 2018-2021. 93 points.”


Ferghettina Franciacorta Milledi Brut 2013: “Milledi means 1,000 days and is a nod to the time this Chardonnay-based sparkler spent on lees. Pure, precise with a lovely mineral/acid thread, white peach and apple. Drink 2018-2024. 92 points.” (we have some ’13 and ’14 in stock)