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Selva della Tesa is the new name of Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay 

Ca’ del Bosco’s Chardonnay takes on a new name: Selva della Tesa. First produced with grapes from 1983, thanks to the generous collaboration of the oenologist André Tchelistcheff, this wine was the first 100% Chardonnay produced in Italy to be aged in small oak barrels (pièces bourguignonne, ed.note), with grapes selected from high-density vineyards. It was an innovative move at the time, and it marked a sea change in Ca’ del Bosco’s production, ushering in a new approach to high quality viticulture. A legacy of Ca’ del Bosco’s history that now renews itself, and not in name only. In fact, right from the start, because of its historic prominence and uniqueness, “Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay” has always been synonymous with the winery where it is born.

New name but same style for the Franciacorta winery’s classic white: Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay becomes Selva della Tesa

Starting with the 2019 harvest, with the aim of strengthening its identity and underscoring the difference between it and the other white wine produced by Ca’ del Bosco – Corte del Lupo – we gave “Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay” a new name, an important name with a long history behind it: “Selva della Tesa”.

New name but same style for the Franciacorta winery’s classic white: Ca’ del Bosco Chardonnay becomes Selva della Tesa.
Maurizio Zanella

Selva, in reference to the woods that surround the Tesa vineyard, the first, towards the end of the seventies, to be planted with a density of 10,000 vines/ha. A vineyard with an area of about half a hectare, hidden away and protected by a thick forest of oaks and chestnut trees, not far from the headquarters of Ca’ del Bosco. 

Because of its nearly “secret” location, far from any road, it was the perfect place to experiment with new viticultural techniques known only in theory at the time. The grapes grown in this vineyard have always been sourced for this wine, with the later addition of grapes from the winery’s other classic vineyards.

Selva della Tesa 2019 expresses a terroir’s ability to exalt the characteristics of a particular varietal, and man’s ability to extract them and turn them into a great wine.