Consorzio per la Tutela del Franciacorta

Franciacorta region

The vineyards, a wonderful combination of nature and man's work

Franciacorta is a beautiful area in the heart of Lombardy, which lies between the cities of Brescia and Lake Iseo. The name Franciacorta bring us back to its distant history bound to the "Corti Franche" and to the period when, after the arrival of the monks of Cluny, the region benefited from the free trade agreement (curtes francae). The name Franzacurta appeared for the first time in the annals of the city of Brescia in 1277, to identify the area between the river Oglio and Mella, south of Lake Iseo. Today's boundaries match with those of the organization of the county in the Visconti age, then confirmed by the Venetian Republic in Fifteenth century. It includes the entire municipalities of Adro, Capriolo, Cazzago San Martino, Cellatica, Coccaglio, Cologne, Corte Franca, Erbusco, Gussago, Iseo, Monticelli Brusati, Ome, Paderno Franciacorta, Paratico, Passirano, Provaglio d'Iseo, Rodengo Saiano, Rovato and partially the town of Brescia.

The Franciacorta is the first Italian wine, made exclusively by the method of second fermentation in bottles (classic method), obtaining in 1995 the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin. Nowadays on the labels there is only the name of Franciacorta, the only term that defines the territory, the production method and the wine. In Europe, only 10 names have that privilege, and of these only three are made with the second fermentation in bottles: Cava, Champagne and Franciacorta. The historic cellars, now become modern cathedrals of oenological technology, produce different types of Franciacorta (Vintage, Rosé, Satèn, Reserve) but also White and Red Curtefranca doc and Sebino IGT, still wines of Franciacorta.