In the mid-1800s, a local merchant named Luigi Rossetti fell in love with the land around Monticelli Brusati and decided to turn a farmhouse into an elegant mansion and winery, thereby establishing Antica Fratta. By digging into the rocky hill behind the Villa, he built a beautiful wine cellar with four tunnels arranged in the form of a Greek cross to store his prized Franciacorta. In 1979 the property was bought by Franco Ziliani of the Berlucchi family, who was charmed by the unique cellars and beautiful vineyards. With Ziliani at its helm, Antica Fratta embraced the traditional method of producing high quality Franciacorta that is true to the terroir of Lombardia.
Lying to the south of Lake Iseo in the heart of Lombardy, Franciacorta is characterized by a cool climate which makes it well suited to the French varietals of Champagne, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Antica Fratta’s commitment to honoring the land is evident in the exceptional wines they produce, which truly embody the essence of Franciacorta.