“My initial intention was simply to produce a ‘good family wine’ but then passion got the better of me”- Paolo Radici
It all started in 1996 when Paolo Radici, an entrepreneur from Bergamo, was seeking a place to cultivate his passion for sparkling wines and came across an unexpected opportunity in Franciacorta, in Lombardy. Just down the road from Erbusco, the old estate belonging to the great pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was up for sale. The land is situated on a hill overlooking a morainic landscape, with ten hectares of single-cru prime Franciacorta DOCG vineyards. This image rekindled Radici’s dream: to make the switch from fervent connoisseur to actual wine producer. Paolo purchased the estate and built his winery as a prime example of efficiency and architectural splendor, fully respecting tradition and the surrounding countryside. Ronco Calino’s philosophy is characterized by an ongoing search for excellence, and several features of their location favor this ambitious aspiration: poor yet varied soil in the vineyard; north-west facing vines, which allow late-ripening of the grapes so that the harvest is in a cooler period of the year; and the single cru status of the vineyard.
Today, sixteen harvests after its debut, Ronco Calino produces just 5,000 cases a year, including a captivating Brut Franciacorta – an elegant cuvee of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which spends 21 months on the lees; a rich and creamy Cuvee Saten (100% chardonnay and Franciacorta’s answer to blanc de blanc) and a Rosè Radijan Franciacorta – dedicated to Paolo’s father, made exclusively from Pinot Noir and aged on the lees for 24 months. Faithful to tradition, the land and the most demanding of palates, Ronco Calino’s wines are sure to make a splash and we are delighted to bring them from their territory to ours!
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