Her son Maurizio Zanella, inspired by a trip to Champagne at just 17 years of age, returned with a vision to make great sparkling wine. What was once a small house in the countryside has since grown to be the eminent sparkling wine in Italy and one of the best in the world.
‘Metodo Ca’ del Bosco’
Maurizio & Stefano are fastidious about quality control from vineyard to cellar. Grapes are picked by hand and placed into small cases, where they are graded and ‘washed’ through a system of baths before entering a drying tunnel. Crushing is done in the absence of oxygen and at bottling, their own patented system avoids oxidative stress and allows for them to bottle the wines with very low sulphur, resulting in Franciacorta wines of purity and elegance. Finally, every bottle is marked with its disgorgement date.
Cuvée Prestige is both the essence of Franciacorta and the Ca’ del Bosco style. A combination of 134 vineyards contribute to the blend of 75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Nero. The grapes are vinified separately and 20% of reserve wines are selected from the cellars to give the wine its distinctive and complex character. The wine refines for 28 months before release and is bottled with just with 1.5 grams of sugar per litre (= Extra Brut) and 48mg of sulphur.
Cuvée Prestige is a delicate and fruit driven wine with peach and pear notes, the palate fresh and crisp with notes of white stone fruit and honey. A great sparkling wine for an aperitivo or at the table with antipasti and seafood.