Franciacorta, Lombardy - Italy Wine Region

Feb 21, 2022

The history of the Franciacorta region goes back to Roman times. It has been home to some of Italy’s best wines for centuries.

Franciacorta wines are named after their production area, which includes 19 municipalities in the Brescia province.

The Rhaetian Alps act as an obstacle to cold winds coming from the northern regions, creating a unique, highly favorable microclimate ideal for vineyard cultivation. 

Franciacorta statistics

  • 1995: Recognition of DOCG status
  • Region: Lombardy
  • 121: Participating wineries
  • 19 The regional comunes that comprise the Franciacorta wine region (including the Brescia comune)
  • 2.902 Hectares cultivating Franciacorta DOCG grapes (Chardonnay 81%, Pinot nero 15%, Pinot bianco 3%, Erbamat 1%)
  • 327 Hectares cultivating Curtefranca DOC grapes
  • 3.229 Total hectares in Franciacorta region that cultivate denominational wine varietals 
  • 15,6 Bottles of Franciacorta wine bottles sold in 2020, 10.9% of which were overseas sales 

Franciacorta is Italy’s first sparkling wine DOCG for wines produced with the classic method.

The Franciacorta DOCG appellation of origin covers the following types of sparkling wine bottle-refermented following the classic method:

  • Franciacorta DOCG
  • Franciacorta DOCG Satèn
  • Franciacorta DOCG Rosè
  • Franciacorta DOCG Millesimato
  • Franciacorta DOCG Riserva

Franciacorta types are Pas Dosè, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec, Demi Sec, Millesimato (produced exclusively in the best vintage years, containing a minimum of 85% grapes from the selected vintage), Rosé (containing a minimum of 15% of Pinot Noir grapes), and Satèn (made exclusively  with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc grapes, and produced with cask-maturing).

The grape varietals

The grape varieties in Franciacorta are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc.


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