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The unique terroir of Monte Orfano has also proven to be ideal for the cultivation of Erbamat, an ancient indigenous grape variety from Brescia, which has been recovered thanks to the efforts of Castello Bonomi's technical team.
The first mention of the use of this variety in the local wine scene dates back to 1564 by Agostino Gallo, a renowned Italian agronomist, who described the wine produced with Erbamat, then called "albamate," as "[...] gentler than any other white."
Erbamat is a late-ripening grape variety characterized by pronounced acidity, ideal for bringing freshness to Franciacorta wines, especially considering the ongoing dynamics of climate change.
Success was achieved in 2017 when Erbamat was officially included in the Franciacorta production regulations. However, this is just the first step towards a broader and more widespread integration of this ancient variety. The goal is to reach a vineyard area representing 10% of the entire surface of Castello Bonomi, further demonstrating the commitment to betting on this grape variety and its value. Cuvée 1564 Brut Nature Castello Bonomi is the first Franciacorta, within the entire denomination, produced with the maximum percentage of Erbamat allowed by the regulations.
The Franciacorta wines of Castello Bonomi are born with the aim of representing the unique characteristics of this terroir through meticulous care in the cellar of the exceptional grapes sourced from our vineyards.