In Erbusco, Franciacorta, L’Albereta Relais & Châteaux is one of the world temples of hospitality, the home for 20 years of the great chef Gualtiero Marchesi, today the perfect retreat for romantic food and wine escapes.
L’Albereta embodies all the charm of a territory, enclosed between the hilly area of Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo, which evokes the promise of special toasts and refined gourmet itineraries among ancient convents, historic cellars and romantic wineries.
A Neo-Renaissance mansion of the late nineteenth century, it stands on the Bellavista hill and was born as the private home of the lawyer Giovanni Cavalleri and his wife Anna, a musician and a great lover of painting. A true patron-of-the-arts, Donna Anna transformed it into an Academy of Arts, confirming the strong bond between L’Albereta and the world of culture that still persists today.
Here everything is thought of as an opportunity for regeneration where each particular becomes natural, every detail is familiar.
(Carmen Moretti de Rosa)
The property was subsequently purchased by Vittorio Moretti, whose family is documented in Franciacorta since 1400, founder of the Terra Moretti Group which also includes Bellavista Wine, who, as a visionary entrepreneur, began to promote the territory of Franciacorta in the 1970s, conveying its lifestyle through important international public relations.
In 1993 he opened L’Albereta, with the idea of making it the symbol of the art of hospitality in the Franciacorta region, and asked his journalist friend Gianni Brera for advice on who could manage the restaurant of the resort. Brera suggests that he contact Gualtiero Marchesi, already a Michelin star in 1978, who offers himself at the helm of the hotel’s food & wine offer.
It is the beginning of a revolution in the tourist industry where haute cuisine, glamor and sense of home come together in a unique model that still today makes L’Albereta the favorite retreat of many celebrities from all over the world.
Today it is Carmen, the eldest daughter of Vittorio Moretti, who manages the entire structure, a life dedicated to her clients’ comfort, leaving nothing to chance, from the fresh flowers set up in every corner of the resort to the ever-changing fragrances that accompany the guest in every moment of the stay. L’Albereta is a world made up of so many details that a weekend will not be enough to savor them all.
You can book an aperitif at the new Stanza 54 lounge bar followed by a romantic dinner at the LeoneFelice restaurant, overlooking Lake Iseo, led by chef Fabio Abbattista who, with important international starred experiences behind him, makes every ingredient, especially the forgotten ones, a culinary masterpiece. Or you can enjoy a day at the 2000 square meter Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, followed by a walk in the Parco delle Sculture.
For more informal dinners, especially in summer, you can book the La Filiale kiosk, which offers a menu entirely dedicated to Franco Pepe’s pizzas, preceded by an aperitif in the beautiful park made magical at sunset by thousands of lights and candles.
It is difficult to choose between the 38 rooms and the 19 suites, all different, like the famous Cabriolet Suite, so called as by pushing a button, as if by magic, the ceiling opens completely up to starry skies and magical dawns, up to those recently renovated, such as the Contadi one with a view of the private Albereta’s vineyards or the Casa del Bosco with a spectacular four-poster bed wrapped in real trees, designed by architects Francesco Matricardi and Valentina Moretti, Vittorio’s youngest daughter.
More than a vacation, a stay at the Albereta encompasses the best of the best of Italian living of the last 30 years, a “museum” of glamor, gastronomy and lots of bubbles.
At L’Albereta you can still visit the historic studio where Gualtieri Marchesi used to work and receive friends and journalists; called the Riserva del Leone, today the intimate space can be reserved for special occasions. Passed away in 2017, in the brigade of who is defined as the greatest Italian chef ever were born many of the celebrity chefs of today: from Andrea Berton to Enrico Crippa, from Carlo Cracco to Riccardo Camanini.