Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines, which are made very much in the image of Champagne. The Franciacorta wine region is located in the Brescia province, in the hills immediately south-east of the foot of Lake Iseo. Roughly square in shape, it stretches eastwards for 15 miles (25km) from the Oglio River (which flows out from the lake) until reaching the Mella River valley and the western suburbs of Brescia city.
A sparkling jewel protected by the hills of the Marca Trevigiana, Villa Sandi is a Palladian style masterpiece dating back to 1622, and it is also the main office of the company. Devoted to wine culture for many generations, the Moretti Polegato family, owner of the Villa, have fostered this ancient tradition by making Villa Sandi the headquarters of the winery, and by promoting grape growing in the area on a modern basis.
Tradition is a value in the measure in which it represents a bond of consistency, of credibility with respect to the decisions that are sometimes taken.
The Mastroberardino family has lived the socio-cultural wine-making context for over two centuries, on the basis of the most reliable historical reconstructions. The first traces of the presence in Irpinia date back to the Bourbon register, in the mid-eighteenth century, when the family elected the village of Atripalda to its headquarters, where the ancient cellars are still located, and from there originated a descent that linked indissolubly their fate to the cult of wine.
Baglio di Pianetto
Many years ago, a little boy (who had yet to discover who or what he would become) asked his mother to buy him a bottle of wine. They were in Sicily at the time, on a holiday, and she, of course, replied that he was much too young. But the boy kept insisting until his mother, finally, relented. She said she would buy him the bottle, as long as he promised to wait till he was seventeen years old to open it.