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of a land
The vineyards of Villa, covering a total area of 100 hectares, lie entirely within the municipality of Monticelli Brusati, with the exception of the vineyards in Ronco (1.55 hectares), at Provaglio d'Iseo (1.8 hectares) and Persaga (1.48 hectares).
The area extends seamlessly over a single lot that is bordered by the hills of Delma to the west and Madonna della Rosa to the south. Many years of careful study of zoning, trials with different wine clones and a careful selection of the land have led us to choose the current surface area of 37 hectares of vines. Relying on this experience we undertook a slow and careful recovery of much difficult land, such as the Gradoni hillside, which offers unrivalled opportunities for producing quality wines. This latter area over the hillside of Madonna della Rosa has been given the name Gradoni (steps) as the vines are set on terraces that required considerable work to restore the retaining walls of stone that are built on a slope of up to 45%. These factors contribute to the uniqueness of this land, which is south-facing and receives continuous sunlight as well as benefitting from ideal temperature fluctuations from day to night.
The feature that most clearly distinguishes the terrains of the Villa estate is their typology, as evidenced by accredited geopedological studies. The soil is composed of sedimentary clay and stratified marl with fossil-rich rocks that bear witness to the primordial presence of the sea. This is not, therefore, land of glacial origin that was carried here by rivers when the glaciers melted, as is true for much of the land in Franciacorta, but rather virgin soil that is rich in natural substances. The clays and minerals contained herein derive from marine fossils, thus explaining the aromatic richness, the enhanced sapidity and refined taste of the wines produced in the Villa hamlet over four centuries, as well as their unmistakable bouquet. The guiding principles for the winery’s decisions in both production and business are our respect for nature and tradition, combined with a continuous search for quality. The Bianchi family’s philosophy of life, which runs through every choice of the production chain, can be clearly evinced from the use of organic and natural substances in vineyard management, controlled revegetation and green manure, short pruning systems and an overall respect for the land and care of the environment.