Organic - Franciacorta
Ronco Calino rises in an extraordinary corner of Franciacorta, sheltered by the hill on which the brilliant pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli built his house.
In 1996, the Virtuoso’s retreat found another illustrious steward, Paolo Radici. The Bergamo entrepreneur was looking for an out-of-the-way home and the fascination of the place quickly captured his heart.
The hill was surrounded by ten hectares of vineyard, whose sight re-awakened his youthful dream of making wine for himself and his friends. In 1999, Radici began construction of the winemaking complex amidst the vines.
Today, those friends are an ever-increasing club of wine aficionados, the fruit of his untiring efforts in the vineyard and winecellar, and of the enthusiastic dedication of his wife, Lara Imberti, who joined the project in 2002. Lara enjoys the assistance of impressive figures: winemaker Leonardo Valenti and agronomist Pierluigi Donna. They work in close collaboration with the Ronco Calino team, a working group that, with an average age of 30, embodies the spirit of today’s Franciacorta: lively, ambitious, passionately committed.
Every Franciacorta with the Ronco Calino name comes from organic viticulture and is a combination of refreshing crispness, elegance, and remarkable dry-edged cleanness.
Owner: Paolo and Lara Radici
Winemaker: Leonardo Valenti
Varietals planted: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Erbamat
Total acres: 13 hectares
Winery production: 70.000 bottles
News & Awards
RPWA - 2011 Franciacorta Brut Millesimato
"The 2011 Franciacorta Brut Millesimato is a festive blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot Nero (40%). Mysample was disgorged in October 2017. This wine sees half of its mass fermented in oak, and the wineboasts thicker textural intensity as a result. The bouquet is characterized by stone fruit, apricot and cream-filled brioche. A sour touch of lemon zest appears on the close. Only 4,500 bottles were released."
by Monica Larner
RPWA - Franciacorta Brut
"The NV Franciacorta Brut (a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Nero) offers delicate notes of springflower, lemon zest and bread crust. A small percentage (just 20%) of the Chardonnay ferments in Frenchbarrique. This is a steady and fresh sparkling wine with fine and persistent beading. Some 40,000 bottleswere produced."
by Monica Larner
RPWA - Franciacorta Brut Satèn NV
"The NV Franciacorta Brut Satèn (disgorged in June 2017) exhibits a very citrusy side with tangerine skin andpreserved lemon. This is a pure expression of Chardonnay that delivers a mid-weight style and creamytexture that is further reinforced by the wine's large and loose perlage. One-third of the wine is fermentedin oak. Bottle production is 10,000 units strong."
by Monica Larner
2020 - 2021
Ronco Calino 2012 Brut Sparkling blend Franciacorta - 91 Points
Ronco Calino 2015 Nature Sparkling blend Franciacorta - 90 Points
Meet Ronco Calino
The hidden oasis in Franciacorta
Anna Zanardini, Export Manager of Ronco Calino talks about the winery
Check more videos of the winery
- Lara Imberti talks about the estate here
- The Franciacortas / Brut
- The Franciacortas / Saten
- The Franciacortas / Rose Raijan
- The Franciacortas / Brut Millesimato
- The Franciacortas / Nature Millesimato
- Ronco Calino for Slow Wine 2022