Vittorio Moretti has spared no expense with the crown jewel of his wine empire, Grupo Moretti also owns Contadi Castaldi in Franciacorta, Petra and Tenuta La Badiola in Maremma. Under the direction of winemaker Mattia Vezzolla, Bellavista has emerged as the most important producers of Franciacorta. Founded in 1977, the Bellavista winery now owns 190 hectares of vines, covering about a tenth of Franciacorta vineyards, and produces an average of 1,150,000 bottles a year, with a top production capacity of 1,500,000. The name is derived from the spectacular vista from the highest vineyards, which overlook from the Po Valley to the distant Alps. The Bellavista cuvée is the result of the blending of over 90 selections from 107 crus. Harvesting, pressing, tank fermentation, bottling, corking, remuage and dégorgement are all carried out by hand. Each vineyard is harvested and fermented separately. Partial barrel fermentation adds to the complexity, balance and longevity of the base wines, allowing Bellavista the ability to create a style that is consistent vintage to vintage.