The Counts Bettoni, originally from Upper Garda Brescian area, large owners ofolive groves and citrus orchards, in the 18th century united with the last descendent of the Cazzago line, an ancient Brescian family going back to the 11th century, originally vavasours of the Sacred German Empire, resident in a small town called Cazzago (from celtic: "forestlands") in the Franciacorta district and owners of vast tracts of land in the surrounding district.
In 1982-83 the family decided to start a programme of transformation into vineyards of the lands in Franciacorta. The two brothers, Vincenzo and Lodovico, both agronomists, with their sister Maria Alessandra with great enthusiasm started the project, availing of new modern techniques and an extremely high quality production of Chardonnay and Pinot grapes, thus laying the foundations for the development of a wine-growing and wine company of the first order.
In 1987, with a university friend, Giovanni Scandolara, Count Vincenzo assisted by his daughter Maria Teresa decided to produce wine in the ancient cellar in the eighteenth-century villa in Cazzago S. Martino. Thus the wines FRANCIACORTA DOCG (Appellation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), were born, using the classical sparkling wine method with refermentation in the bottle, and TERRE DI FRANCIACORTA DOC (Controlled Appellation of Origin), white and red.
A production of high quality carried out with the assistance of a closely knit group of collaborators: the agronomist GiovanniScandolara, who looks after the vineyards and the cellar, Giuseppe Ramina who takes care of the commercial aspect, Mario Luscia who is in charge of marketing and Cesare Ferrari who acts as the expert oenologist.