Castello di Gussago Franciacorta
Mount La Santissima, actually Mount Barbisone, is the extraordinary setting which provides the background for the environmental upgrade and business activities carried out by the Gozio Family to revalue the ancient vineyards once used by the Dominicans Friars.With an area of approximately 15 hectares, 4 of which are located around the old Monastery La Santissima and 11 scattered throughout the Municipality of Gussago, theses vineyards are characterized by clain and limestone loam and loose and gravelly moraine soils; terraced, exposed at the sun or enclosed in orchards, to guard the heat of each beam.
Grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir harvested by hand. Soft and gradual crushing. Aged at least 25 months to preserve the more delicate perfumes.
Heart, passion and experience Franciacorta identify the new reality, born by the love of the Gozio Family for the territory, proposing wines of great character.
Franciacorta: a wine, a territory
Heir and ambassador of the ancient heritage of a superb wine territory, Franciacorta has production roots that reach back to the 16th century. Thanks to the dedicated passion of yesterday’s and today’s growers, the sensory characteristics of Franciacorta wines are well known and loved all over the world.
As long ago as 1995, Franciacorta was the first Italian wine produced exclusively by bottle refermentation to obtain Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita status. Today, the labels bear only the designation Franciacorta, a single term that defines the territory, the method of production and the wine.
Franciacorta is a superb wine country set in the heart of Lombardy. Its present-day boundaries reflect the way the land was organised under the Viscontis, and continued to be administered when the Venetian Republic took over in the fifteenth century. Today, Franciacorta’s boundaries embrace the territories of nineteen municipalities in the province of Brescia.
In short, Franciacorta is a territory with an irresistibly fascinating cultural and environmental heritage. It is a territory to discover, savour and absorb.
Franciacorta’s intriguing name takes us back through history to the Corti Franche when, following the arrival of Cluniac monks, it was an area of free trade (curtes francae). The place name “Franzacurta” is mentioned for the first time in 1277, in the municipal records of Brescia, to indicate the area between the rivers Oglio and Mella to the south of Lake Iseo.
Founded on 5 March 1990 at Cortefranca, and transferred a few years later to its current headquarter in Erbusco, the consortium has members belonging to the three professional categories of growers, winemakers and bottlers, in the production chains for the designations of Franciacorta DOCG, Curtefranca DOC and Sebino IGT.