The Bellavista winery and estate was one of the first to produce classic method wine in Franciacorta after the appellation was established in the late 1970s. With 200 hectares of vineyards divided into 147 parcels spread out over 10 communes in the appellation, the winery is known for its nearly unrivalled ability to create distinctive cuvées like a painter using a palette of colors to achieve the desired effect in a work of art. This is because of Franciacorta’s uniquely diverse subsoils, which range from morainic to clay and calcareous limestone, ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In the late 1980s, Bellavista created and released the first Franciacorta Satèn, the appellation’s blanc de blanc, made using only white grapes (Chardonnay with smaller amounts of Pinot Blanc). Even though it owned the trademark, the winery “donated” the designation to the appellation, thus allowing other Franciacorta producers to use it. Today, Satèn is considered to be on the Franciacorta’s greatest expressions. Owner Vittorio Moretti, one of Italy’s leading builders and designers of winery cellars, is also a lover of Italian opera. And Bellavista is regularly served at Milan’s historic opera house, Teatro La Scala.
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Owner and founder Vittorio Moretti is one of Italy’s greatest opera aficionados and his wines are served at Teatro della Scala gala events. He and his wife are among the country’s greatest patrons of the arts.