According to the ancient Romans, good wine was produced wherever there was a castle. This could quite easily refer to the the two castles of Bella Guardia and della Villa, also known as the castles of Romeo and Juliet, that dominate the hill of Montecchio Maggiore. Here, the argillaceous soil changes within the space of a few meters, in correspondence with small volcanic craters dating from different periods. The summit of the hill is characterized by the presence of tuffs, which originated from the deposits of volcanic explosions. The hillside vineyards of Bellaguardia, therefore, lie on soils that have evolved on carbonatic rocks with argillaceous deposits. These soils are very rich in minerals and the variability of their composition creates unique and different wines.
It is no mystery that wine is the result of the happy and lasting alliance between nature and man. Ideal climate and terrain would be to no avail, in fact, if passion, together with rigorous respect for tradition, didn’t guide the hands of the grower and cellar man. Passion is a way of life that has always accompanied Bellaguardia. They use systems of sustainable or integrated agriculture, which have a low environmental impact.
Grapes are traditionally handpicked and immediately cooled to preserve good quality, then delicately and patiently processed to produce exclusively classical (champenoise) method sparkling wines. Every phase of the production is carefully controlled, up to the disgorging, again performed by hand, bottle by bottle.
The refinement of wines, before and after disgorgement, takes place in ancient underground caves which lie underneath the castles and that have natural temperature, humidity and ventilation characteristics that are optimal for the maturing of our classic method sparkling wines, giving the product very distinctive quality characteristics.
Bellaguardia Extra Brut 2009 has been included in the Top Hundred 2013 wines by Golosaria and selected as the official sparkling wine for Milan Expo 2014.