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Biondelli

The territory of Franciacorta includes the Morenic Field which stretches south from Lake Iseo in that part of the Province of Brescia set in-between the Rivers Mella to the East and Oglio to the West and that reaches out to the slopes of the Montorfano Hill. An area of extraordinary beauty which stretches from the banks of Lake Iseo across gentle hills and evocative valleys embellished by ancient villages, medieval castles, patrician villas, churches and remote abbeys. Different theories try to explain the origin of the name of this region, but the most plausible of them has the name Franciacorta descending from "Franchae Curtes". These were communities of Benedictine Monks who took possession of the area during the middle ages and that were granted fiscal exemption due to their work of drainage and reclamation of the land. However, the culture of vines and wine production in the land of Franciacorta are much more ancient than the name of the region itself. The first traces of this longstanding activity date back as far as pre-historic times and continued up to today, withstanding the different invasions and occupations witnessed by this area in centuries of history. A tradition of vine culture which spanned across several millennia and that has succeeded in recognizing the production of the Spumante di Franciacorta as the true vocation of this land. The testimony left by doctor Gerolamo Conforti (a physician of the 16th century) back in 1520 in his "Libellus De Vino Mordaci" (Dissertation on Sparkling Wine), which describes the wine produced in Franciacorta and praises its soothing qualities, proves the ancient vocation for sparkling wine in Franciacorta.

The Biondelli family estate is located in Bornato, an ancient town nestled at the heart of the Franciacorta region.The centre of the wine estate, which stretches across various pieces of land, lies in a 16th century farmhouse located in front of the historic medieval castle of Bornato (today's villa Orlando) and at the inception of the charming Longarone Valley. The estate, known as "Breda" (a term deriving from the Latin "proedium" or from the Lombard "braida" and which indicates an estate consisting of different pieces of land distributed around a central farmhouse), was acquired during the aftermath of the second world war by Giuseppe Biondelli, Italian Ambassador to be and Italian Consul General in Innsbruck (Austria) at that time.These traces of a glorious past that saw Bornato as a crossroad of European diplomacy for a century, set the foundation for the will and aspiration of the Biondelli family to bring the wines of Franciacorta far beyond national borders.With this goal at heart, the ancient farmhouse has been completely restored and further developed, with the construction of an underground wine cellar, in order to establish a modern structure to process at best the different types of grapes (Chardonnay for the Spumante di Franciacorta and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Nebbiolo e Barbera for the Curtefranca Rosso) following the specific vocation of the different pieces of land that form the estate. The century old commitment of the Biondelli Family in the agricultural sector has allowed the development of a strong feeling of attachment to this land and a great attention to the conservation of the environment. This vision has been implemented by Cantine Biondelli in order to minimize the environmental impact of the production activity and to guarantee the highest quality of the wines produced. In 2010 they have started the conversion of the cultivation of their vines to the Organic Culture criteria, which in Italy takes about three years.