A secret place in Franciacorta, the Annunciata Convent, is now open to the public, offering a plunge into history, art and nature with its secular history dating back to 1449. The frescoed church and garden, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, inspire peace and harmony. The structure is now managed by a Foundation chosen by the Moretti family, responsible for the extraordinary landscape of the Bellavista Vineyards. The oldest plantation of vines is around the Annunciata Convent, producing an extraordinary wine, the single-variety Chardonnay Bellavista Convento Santissima Annunciata DOC.
The vines of the Terra Moretti viticulture group are nearby, on the Bellavista hillside. In 1977 Vittorio Moretti realised that the Franciacorta area, with its morainic amphitheatre on the Lake of Iseo, would be perfect for producing sparkling wine. Everything is carefully tended by hand, from the vineyard to the cellar: 206 hectares of extraordinary biodiversity, parcelled into 147 vineyards, subdivided in turn into 224 micro-plots.
The selection practised in the vineyards bears fruit in the cellar, where each harvest receives at least 120 variables and where roughly 35% of the base wine matures in small white oak barrels. This is a rare production method still practised by very few cellars in the world. Franciacorta Alma Gran Cuvée, the signature wine of the “maison”, consists of 140 variables, 20 of which come from historic harvests refined in large formats.
Bellavista belongs to the Terra Moretti group, founded by Vittorio Moretti and now conducted by his daughter Francesca Moretti, instigator of an organic conversion process with a system of environmentally sustainable strategies.