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