The Wine Cellar
Ricci Curbastro, a winery that was revolutionized in 2002.
Climatized naturally and through the force of gravity… nature works for us.
With the recent expansion of the wine cellar, built in 2002, it reaches a size that is 23 times the original one built in 1946 by Riccardo and Evelina Ricci Curbastro, which still constitutes the heart of the newer wine cellar.
Built on three levels, this allows for taking advantage of gravity when loading the grapes in the presses, after the selection process. This process becomes particularly important, in light of the fact that the Disciplinary that regulates the Franciacorta foresee for the mandatory manual harvesting of the grape bunches, in order to respect the integrity of the same. The use of pumps or augers would, in fact, make such a careful harvest useless, damaging the grapes and extracting the must just as the grapes are sent to the soft pressing process.
It is, again, the force of gravity and not the pumps that push the must toward the barrels or the wines when being moved towards the bottling area located on the third level.
It is precisely level -3, intended for barrels and bottles, which was built 15 meters ( 49 feet deep), so as not to require any energetic action, in order to maintain a constant, natural temperature of 15°C (59º F) , necessary for the aging of the wines and the proper preservation of hundreds of thousands of bottles of Franciacorta that are preserved there.
It is normal to think of how much energy is saved, but also how a wine cellar that, although modern in structure, still retains all the charm of the old system of building below ground level for wine making.
Four programs are offered by the farm estate are:
Program 1. The Classic. Euro 7,00 euro /person
Guided tour of the Ricci Curbastro Agriculture Museum and the wineries of the Ricci Curbastro Farm Estate, with illustration of the production process for Franciacorta DOCG and Curtefranca DOC. Included is wine tasting with a glass of Franciacorta Brut DOCG, served with breadsticks.
Program 2. The Double. Euro 10,00 /person
The same as above, but includes wine tasting with a glass of Franciacorta Brut DOCG and one glass of Franciacorta Satèn Brut DOCG, served with breadsticks. Grana cheese is also included for groups of mimimum 7 persons.
Program 3. The Triplet. Euro 14,00/person
The same as above, but includes wine tasting with a glass of Franciacorta Brut DOCG, one of Franciacorta Satèn Brut DOCG, and one of Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG, served with breadsticks. Grana cheese is also included for groups of mimimum 7 persons.
Program 4. The Museum. Euro 25,00/person–min. 4 people
A historic journey that links Ricci Curbastro Agriculture Museum to its Franciacorta wines that reach the disgorgement stage after a longer number of years of aging on lees in wine cellar.
Guided tour of the Museum and Wineries of the Ricci Curbastro Farm Estate with an illustration of production processes. Tasting of a Franciacorta Zero Dosage «Gualberto» 2009, Franciacorta Saten Brut Museum Release 2006 and Franciacorta Extra Brut Museum Release 2006, served with breadsticks and Grana Padano cheese.