As always, the team at Xtrawine are always happy to provide more exposure to winemakers all over Italy, both in the hopes of enhancing their reputations and so that we can offer our customers the chance to learn even more about wines that they may otherwise have not come across during their daily lives.
We have a particular fondness for companies that were created to adhere to the traditions of Italian winemaking, while also introducing ideas that allow them to offer something completely new to their customers. With that in mind, this week we have chosen to focus on Ca’ Del Bosco and one of their IGTs that we think everybody should take the time to enjoy.
Ca’ del Bosco’s history reads something like a fairytale, which the company is keen to promote should you choose to visit their website. Theirs is a story of boldness and endeavour, with the main aim being to create spectacular wines that not only satisfy their customers, but also act as a fine representation for the Franciacorta region. Anybody who has familiarity with this region will already know that it has a storied history, making the challenge faced by Ca’ del Bosco all the more intriguing, so we will explore the many steps that the company took to carve out a niche in a region that is already very well-known for its wine.
The story starts in the mid-1960s, which is when Annamaria Clementi Zanella made the decision to purchase a small house on a hill in Erbusco, Franciacorta. Known locally as Ca’ del Bosc, the house was surrounded by gorgeous chestnut woods and, more importantly, came with a patch of land that could be used to grow vines and start the wine story that the company has developed over the years.
Annamaria’s son, Maurizio Zanella, saw the potential that his wife’s new land had to offer in terms of wine and quickly set about achieving the success that the couple so desired in regards to the art of winemaking. He focused on making use of the land to produce the finest grapes, with the aim of producing both still wines and some of the finest sparkling wines to come out of a region that has developed a reputation for producing superb sparkling drinks.
He set to work on his vision and quickly established his winery as one of the best demonstrations of the potential offered by the land in the region, with each wine produced by the company exuding the passion and love that Maurizio has for his work. Throughout the rest of the 1960s, the duo set about transforming their land and building a reputation as purveyors of fine wines, but it was in the 1970s that the company truly developed the reputation that it has managed to cement fully in more recent years.
In the early 1970s, Maurizio became more conscious of his desires to lead a renaissance in the Italian wine industry, working to fully transform what had once been a quaint house in a chestnut valley into one of the finest producers of wine that the Franciacorta region has ever seen. From this vision, Ca’ del Bosco was born and continues to endure to this very day.
The company specializes in producing wines that capture moments in time, defining feelings that reach the heart and elicit emotions of joy and beauty that can be treasured forever. Their wines aim to encapsulate such feelings of elation in a bottle for all to enjoy and the duo’s dedication to innovation within their new industry has allowed them to approach the winemaking process with fresher eyes than many of their contemporaries.
The talent for the creation of great wines is vital for success in such a competitive industry and it is a quality that both Maurizio and Annamaria possessed. Having been introduced to the land by his mother, Maurizio quickly fell in love with it and, at fifteen years of age, had already made the decision to dedicate his life to making wines of immense quality.
However, it was a trip to the famed Champagne region of France that truly lit the spark that caused the young Maurizio to pursue his dreams. With fresh inspiration and a deeper understanding of what makes wine so truly wonderful, Maurizio dedicated himself to creating wines that offered something akin to what he had experienced in Champagne.
So it was that the modest home that his mother had bought was transformed into one of the most innovative and trailblazing wineries in all of Italy. The quest for excellence has been the defining quality of the winery ever since, and we dare say that the company has achieved this goal in everything that it has done since the 1970s, through to the modern day.
Though the matriarch of the winery has sadly passed, the team that has been assembled at Ca’ del Bosco is still as dedicated as it has ever been to creating truly wonderful wines. Here we take a look at just one of the many amazing vintages that the company has produced in more recent times.
As the first wine to bear the signature of Maurizio Zanella, Ca’ del Bosco is understandably proud of this amazing still red, which is quite unlike the sparkling wines that the company is perhaps best known for and demonstrates, once again, their penchant for innovation and experimentation within an industry that is occasionally shackled by adherence to tradition.
An organic red that reflects the land perfectly, this wine is a joy to observe and consume from the moment that you place your hands on the bottle. The deep red colouring offers only scant hints at the joys that lie within and upon opening the bottle you will soon find yourself drawn towards one of the true gems produced in the Franciacorta region.