THROUGH OF YEARS
How to encompass, in a list of years, the dreams, visionary projects, conquests, intuitions and delight that have marked Ca’ del Bosco from its very first vintages to Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige?
Each step has its story, its memorable scent.
“FROM A LITTLE HOUSE IN THE WOODS
TO EXCELLENCE IN FRANCIACORTA”
1964 - EARLY HISTORY
In Erbusco, Annamaria Clementi buys a little hillside house called “Ca’del bosc” with two hectares (five acres) of land, surrounded by a dense wood of oak. Since ever she represents the inspiration of her son Maurizio. She passes away in 2014.
1968 - THE FIRST VINEYARDS
Antonio Gandossi is the farmer of Ca’ del Bosco. He personally plants the very first vineyards including those at high density (10.000 plants per hectar), not exhisting in Italy at that time. He will care about the winery’s vineyards until 2011, when he passes away.
1972 - THE PINOT
The first wine, Pinot di Franciacorta Bianco.
1975 - THE FIRST RED WINE
The first red, Rosso di Franciacorta.
1976 - THE FIRST HARVEST
The thrilling birth-year of the first three sparkling wines: Pinot di Franciacorta Brut, Pinot di Franciacorta Dosage Zéro and Pinot di Franciacorta Rosé, marketed in December 1978.
The Crémant spumante is made and marketed in 1980.
1979 - ANDRÉ DUBOIS
A very young Maurizio Zanella involved chef de cave André Dubois in his wine project. Dubois’ invaluable contribution helped the first Franciacorta Pinot Millesimato to see the light of day. He marked all Ca’ del Bosco wines on a high quality level. He passed away on 1990.
The births of the Brut di Pinot Nero and the Maurizio Zanella (red).
The Pinéro and the Chardonnay.
1985 - THE UNDERGROUND CUPOLA
The legendary dome from which branch off tunnels for storing Franciacorta and refining the wines was built at a depth of 17 meters below the ground.
1989 - THE CUVÉE ANNAMARIA CLEMENTI
The Franciacorta Millesimato is dedicated to Maurizio Zanella’s mother, founder of Ca’ del Bosco, and becomes the prestigious Cuvée Annamaria Clementi.
The Crémant now carries the year of vintage and the name is changed to Satèn. Ilmerlot is born.
Brut and Dosage Zéro bear years of vintage.
1994 - THE ZIGNAGO GROUP
Ca’ del Bosco became part of the Marzotto family-owned Gruppo Zignago. Maurizio Zanella, who still chairs the company, maintained an equity holding and the winery kept its identity and independence.
The cellars were expanded and the use of unique technologies for grape pressing and vinification commenced.
1997 - THE CARMENERO
Carmenero is born.
Force-of-gravity began to be used both to transport the grapes, spilled into the press, and for musts and wines, decanted without using pumps.
New bottling and “zero oxygen” degorging lines were installed.Skira published the book 11 fotografi e 1 vino with photographs in which eleven great photographers illustrate Ca’ del Bosco, its vineyards and its wine.
The cellar holding valuable Ca’ del Bosco treasures was completed. Birth of the Franciacorta Cuvèe prestige, marketed in November 2007″.
2007 - THE CUVÉE PRESTIGE
The 2007 growing year marked a turning point for the estate with the release of the Cuvée Prestige, a new modern edition of the non-vintage Brut that embodies three decades of Ca’ del Bosco’s wine experience. It proved one of the most successful Franciacortas of all time. The 2007 vintage saw “Terre di Franciacorta Bianco” become “Curtefranca Bianco”. From the same vintage, “Terre di Franciacorta Rosso” became “Curtefranca Rosso”, with retroactive effect. For Ca’ del Bosco, the first vintage of “Curtefranca Rosso” would be the 2006, released alongside the 2007 “Curtefranca Bianco” in 2008. At the beginning of November, the first bottles of “Cuvée Prestige Brut” and “Cuvée Prestige Rosé” went to market.
2008 - THE IGT ROSSO DEL SEBINO
With the 2008 growing year, “Carmenère” became a permitted variety in the province of Brescia. From that vintage, Ca’ del Bosco’s “Carmenero” Vino da Tavola became an “IGT Rosso del Sebino” and was able to indicate the vintage year on the label.
The 2010 year witnessed the launch of the project to produce a pink version of “Cuvée Annamaria Clementi”, the absolute peak of Ca’ del Bosco excellence presented during the L’arte si tinge di Rosa (Art Tinged with Pink) event on 9 November 2010. A women-only trio of Three Michelin Star chefs joined forces to provide pink-themed matchings, Luisa Valazza (Al Sorriso restaurant), Nadia Santini (Dal Pescatore restaurant) and Annie Feolde (Enoteca Pinchiorri).
2012 - THE VINTAGE COLLECTION
On 23 October comes the launch of the “Vintage Collection”, the new line of 2008 “Franciacorta Millesimato” wines and a revelation of the Metodo Ca’ del Bosco. An exclusive method that brings together innovation, naturalness and quality to create a noble wine that exalts its variety and terroir.
14 October. Presentation of Vintage Collection Dosage Zéro Noir. The fourth wine in the cellar’s range of vintage bottles is a 2005 Franciacorta classified as “Riserva”. From 100% pinot nero vinified off the skins. The grapes are sourced from the magical Belvedere vineyard. At 466 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest plots in Franciacorta.