MPP Selections is a niche wine importer curating a portfolio of family-run, boutique wineries from Italy’s Franciacorta region, and celebrating the Italian Classical Method of winemaking, or Metodo Classico.
Our main focus is to share this special wine with the US market, where it remains relatively unknown. Franciacorta is much more than a premium sparkling wine; it represents a blend of passions including the unique growing area, the time-honored production process, and the families who pride themselves and produce this special sparkling wine.
MPP Selections was founded by fashion industry executives Stefania Aris, Megan Morro, and Patrick Pardo, who were introduced to Franciacorta in Milan. In a serendipitous meeting in New York City in 2018, the trio decided to create an importing company to bring this special wine to the US. With the help from a friend and sommelier Valentina Concato, they were introduced to the magical area of Franciacorta, as well as some of the most esteemed wineries producing this class of wine.
Franciacorta is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, mostly because a majority of the 17 million bottles produced stay in the country, while 11% are exported mainly to Japan, Switzerland, and the United States. Due to its centuries-old history of winemaking, and the microclimates created by its location between the Alps and Lake Iseo, Franciacorta is a unique region which produces some of the world’s finest grapes and wine. Franciacorta received its DOCG status in 1995 and to this day, remains the first Italian wine produced through a secondary bottle fermentation to carry the revered DOCG status.
Named for the region where it is produced, Franciacorta wine is made in the Champenoise style or Classical Method. The blend of three grapes, Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, and its secondary in-bottle fermentation, gives it a drier, yeasty yet fruity taste.
It’s a cultural institution! It has been named the official wine of Milan Fashion Week many times over as well as the official wine of famed opera house La Scala. Franciacorta wines are deeply connected to Italy’s fashion scene, as it is the drink of choice for editors and celebrities sipping glasses of bubbles at fashion shows and cultural events. There’s even a variety of Franciacorta called Satèn, literally translating to satin, named for the region’s connection to Milan and the fashion industry. The Satèn style is aged at lower pressure, so its carbonation is much more gentle, silky, and smooth, like satin.
Franciacorta is also very special in that it doubles as an excellent food-pairing wine. Its dry sparkling quality makes it a great complement to polenta, risotto, cheese, delicate pastas, white fish, and roasted meats.