Az. Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi
Fratelli Berlucchi is located in the municipality of Borgonato di Cortefranca in the well-known Italian region of Lombardy. It was founded in 1955 by Guido Berlucchi, Franco Ziliani, and Giorgio Lanciani. Today, this family-owned winery is managed by Pia Donata Berlucchi.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Franco Ziliani, the then already legendary cellar master, began to produce sparkling wine with bottle fermentation according to the Metodo classico. His ambitious goal was to produce an exceptional sparkling wine that could compete with even the best champagne. The young oenologist had learned the craft at the famous champagne house Moët et Chandon. Already in 1975 the cuvée “Imperiale Berlucchi” was the most sold “Champagne of Italy”.
This led to many imitators in the region and finally to the Spumante Franciacorta being classified as DOCG in 1995. The vineyards cover about 70 hectares of vines. With around 400,000 cases of Franciacorta per year, Berlucchi is one of the largest Italian producers of bottle-fermented sparkling wine. It also produces a red wine DOC Curtefranca (formerly Terre di Franciacorta) and a grappa.
The territory is characterized by dry calcareous soil, and the temperate climate make it especially suitable for vine cultivation. This has been practiced here since ancient times by the Etruscans, the Cenomani and the Romans. The territory’s morainic soil offers varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, essential ingredients for the creation of Franciacorta.