Ferghettina

Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy

Roberto, his wife Andreina, and their enologist children, Laura and Matteo, form a young, enthusiastic, friendly and forward-thinking team whose growth is as sure, bright and lively as that of the winery's adorable mascot, Laura's little son, Pietro.

Roberto has always been a man of the land. While young, he worked with his father in a popular wine company called Franciacorta; and later alon, for almost 20 years responsible for the wine cellar and vineyards. In those years, he was touched deeply with the typical Franciacorta viticulture business and it's peculiarities while experiencing the latest wine growing techniques, improving his background. In 1990, he began to give an elderly family friend a helping hand on the weekends: the woman owned a tiny winery and after her husband's death, had a hard time dealing with the details of production. At the time, she sold in bulk but one year into the collaboration, she was so impressed she offered to sell him the winery and adjacent three hectares (7.4 acres) under vine, convinced production would shine in Roberto's hands.

In 1991, Gatti left his former employer and struck out on his own - Ferghettina was born, named after the place name where the winery was located. For the first time, production was bottled under the Ferghettina label and Gatti's first Franciacorta Brut was released in 1992. Ferghettina grew, step by step. After a lifetime in the vineyards, Roberto knew the best fruit ripens gradually. People in Franciacorta hold him in great esteem, so that little by little, he took over new plots on long leases (20-25 years), which he replanted to the strictest standards, eventually running a total of 180 hectares (445 acres) under vine, split into nine Franciacorta districts.