Roberto Gatti was born in 1953, wine-dresser, of a wine-dresser, rural family in Cazzago San Martino, and a few years later he moved with all his family in Erbusco, true heart of the Franciacorta area. While young, he worked with the father in a popular wine company called Franciacorta; and later alone, for almost 20 years, as a responsible of the wine-cellar and vineyards. In those years he gets in touch deeply with the typical Franciacorta viticulture business and its peculiarities. Meanwhile, he experiences the latest wine-growing techniques, improving his background. In 1975 he married Andreina and together in 1990 they bought 10.000 acres of land in the districts on Adro and Erbusco. Also in 1990, he was offered the chance to run a small wine company, abandoned by previous old owners, and starts to make his own wine, initially sold draught. With the harvest of 1991 he introduces two bottled wines, a Terre Di Franciacorta red, and one white. The Ferghettina company had come to life! And the following year Roberto, strong of his
20-years experience required. The target was always quality! At present time, the company manages 100 hectares (247.000 acres) of vineyard, planted in 6 of the districts of Franciacorta area to get the most from the different grounds, and getting unquestionable advantage in terms of quality. Among these acres, 65 contains Chardonnay, 8 Pinot Grigioin the business, produces his first Franciacorta, a brut, that still remains the top-line product of the company. In a few years Ferghettina grew at fast pace. Thanks to the positive reputation and respect Mr.Gatti gets, he could rent for a long period (20-25 years) several pieces of land where he planted more and more vineyards, paying attention to all rules and the rest contains red grapes varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and in small part Nebbiolo and Barbera). The yards are between 1 and 25 years of age. In fact, 20 hectares (50.000 acres) have been planted during spring in the last two years.