The Vezzoli family has ancient roots in the west of Brescia. Among the best known in the area, also due to the commitment in numerous social and political initiatives carried out between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, the Vezzoli have always given great importance to the activity in the agricultural sector. At the traditional cereal production, at the beginning of the last century was added the silkworm breeding, then in the Twenties an experimental pergola was implanted. In 1981 the first vineyard of Chardonnay grapes is planted, within a few years others will be added in the municipality of Adro. From the simple production of grapes the company passed to the Franciacorta sparkling wines, which are starting to be marketed in 1990. The company Ugo Vezzoli is located in the San Pancrazio historical palace. The offices and the tasting room occupy part of the original 16th century building; the processing and aging cellars are on two levels, one underground, the other above ground using part of the nineteenth-century rural buildings. The vineyards are owned and managed directly by the company. Those of Franciacorta are located in the municipality of Adro: in these 3 hectares Chardonnay DOCG, Pinot Nero DOCG, Merlot and Cabernet DOC are produced. In the hamlet of San Pancrazio, the vineyard of 1.50 hectares is part of the Sebino IGT area, here Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Nero grapes are produced. The annual production of the company Ugo Vezzoli is about 20,000 bottles of Franciacorta DOCG, in different types, to which are added almost 10,000 bottles of Curtefranca DOC and Sebino IGT still wine.
The Franciacorta Method
The grapes, harvested and selected manually, are placed in crates and immediately pressed whole in a soft way. The must is fermented at a controlled temperature (15-18 °) with the use of selected yeasts. At the end of winter, the qualities of wine considered most suitable are combined and, after a few days, the refermentation in the bottle is provoked as provided for by the Classic method, the only one allowed for Franciacorta wines. Absolute rest for at least 24 months in the stack, passage on pupitres for an adequate “tip” phase after which the disgorgement with “liqueur de dosages” is carried out.
Observing the bottles with company logo, you can see the symbol of an eagle surmounting an oak barrel: this drawing was found on the back of a closet of the main house (enlarged gradually from the ‘600 to date), and partly to the historical passion for the high mountain hunting Vezzoli lords and partly because testified once more the origins of the wine growers of Franciacorta people, it was decided to hire him as an official coat of arms of the family.