The Franciacorta sparkling wine region in northern Italy, west of Lake Garda and just an hours’ drive from fair Verona, has less than 3,000 hectares of vines (tiny in comparison to the vineyard areas given over to Champagne and Prosecco) with the majority of production still sold within Italy.
The Ferghettina winery, overlooking the beautiful Lake Iseo, was established in 1991 by Roberto Gatti after purchasing a small winery and just 3 hectares of vines from a family friend. It has since grown into one of the region’s most prized Franciacorta producers – and the largest in the UK market. The Gatti family produce a stunning portfolio of wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Franciacorta region is around 1,000km south of Champagne – as a result the grapes are well-ripened with slightly lower acidity, requiring less dosage. As for Champagne, these wines are produced in the traditional method, with secondary fermentation in bottle.
Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosé Brut is a stunning metodo classic wine with a natural pink colour, produced from 100% Pinot Nero, and aged on fine lees for 3 years. The eye-catching, square-based bottle (designed by Roberto’s son Matteo) gives a greater surface area for lees to wine contact, and therefore greater complexity of flavour. The result looks beautiful and tastes delicious.