Botticino DOC, nestled in the heart of Italy's picturesque landscape, paints a vivid tapestry of natural elegance and winemaking heritage. A serene, undisturbed environment, Botticino is synonymous with its rolling hills, temperate climate, and fertile soil — all conspiring to create an impeccable terroir for viticulture.
Among the mosaic of vineyards dotting its landscape, there's a preeminent grape variety that takes center stage. Barbera, with its deep ruby hue and dynamic flavors, is the most celebrated of the region’s offerings. Yet, the land does not solely favor Barbera; Botticino is a veritable pantheon of vine diversity. Grapes such as Marzemino, Sangiovese, Schiava gentile, Schiava grigia, and Schiava grossa find their roots entrenched in this soil, each contributing a unique chapter to the Botticino DOC story.
Beyond just the grapes, the environment of Botticino itself is integral to its wines. The gentle whispers of Mediterranean breezes, the embrace of generous sunlight, and the silent nurture of its ground give rise to wines with a character that's both robust and nuanced. Each sip is a testament to the balance of nature and the artistry of generations of vintners who've lovingly tended to the land.
In essence, Botticino DOC is not merely a wine designation; it's a portal to a realm where nature and culture harmoniously intertwine, producing wines that are a mirror to the soul of Italy itself.
The Botticino DOC is located in the Lombardy wine region. It encompasses the wine produced in the Valverde Valley, located in the province of Brescia.
The particular microclimate that affects this region makes it very suitable for the cultivation of the vine, due to its favorable exposition and the protection from winds by mountain chains. Also, the sum of calories that affect the vine in the vegetative period is sufficient to obtain a good grape ripening.
The soils of Botticino are varied, with homogeneous lithological characteristics such as alluvial deposits and alternations of conglomerates, sandstones and loamy-calcareous-clayey soils.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Barbera, Marzemino, Sangiovese, Schiava gentile, Schiava grigia, Schiava grossa
The Botticino DOC presents two distinct expressions of its winemaking prowess: Rosso and Rosso Riserva.
Rosso, a captivating red wine, reflects the essence of the Botticino terroir. With its inviting ruby hue, Rosso captivates the senses, offering a bouquet rich in complexity. The wine exudes a harmonious blend of fruity and earthy notes, creating a symphony of aromas that delight the palate. Its medium-bodied structure embraces flavors of luscious red fruits and subtle hints of spices. Rosso embodies approachability, making it a versatile companion for a variety of occasions. All Rosso wines must be aged for at least 7 months.
Stepping up to the Rosso Riserva, one unveils the epitome of elegance and refinement. Crafted with meticulous care, the Riserva epitomizes the region's winemaking expertise. Aged to perfection, the wine radiates a deep garnet hue, foreshadowing its depth and character. The bouquet is a tantalizing fusion of dark fruits, velvety cocoa, and delicate floral undertones. On the palate, the wine unfolds with finesse, revealing layers of complexity and a well-rounded structure. Rosso Riserva exemplifies sophistication, making it a splendid choice for those seeking an exceptional and indulgent experience. All Rosso Riserva wines must have at least 2 years of aging.
Both Rosso and Rosso Riserva carry the emblem of Botticino's winemaking heritage and dedication to quality. As these wines grace the tables, they embody the spirit of the region, inviting enthusiasts to savor the artistry of Botticino winemakers. Each sip narrates a story of tradition, passion, and commitment to crafting wines that transcend the ordinary, leaving an everlasting impression on every connoisseur's heart.