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Lombardy: Franciacorta, land of wines and traditions

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vigna-Arzelle-by-A-Sudati---rif-A_3824.jpgMy friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Today travel is to Lombardy and I'd like to introduce you one of the most unique focus on Italian sparkling wine: Franciacorta.

So, I guess then you will be curious to discover the most famous winery in the world for the production of sparkling wineBerlucchi!

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 The land of Franciacorta is mostly hilly and dotted with ancient woodland; it has been recently transformed by the planting of numerous vineyards that characterize its peculiarity: a must-see destination toi discover the italian villages.

 

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 The origin of the name Franciacorta comes from  "curtes francae"the small community of Benedictine monks settled in the Middle Ages in a hilly area near Lake Iseo.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Palazzo-Lana-Terzi-di-Borgonato.jpg In Franciacorta therewere very important noble families, such as Oldofredi Iseo, the Sala Gussago, the Lantieri Paratico, the Lana de 'Terzi di Borgonato, the Della Corte di Nigoline, the Bargnani di Adro, who had properties and power, not only in the city of Brescia, but even in this area, where they built their large countryhouses.

  

b2ap3_thumbnail_20120722-133428.jpg  On the hills of Franciacorta the wines have been planted since ancient times.

This is demonstrated by the finds of seeds from prehistoric and also by archaeological material found all over this area. 

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_spumanti_italiani_1.jpgEven from a long history, the new course of the Franciacorta winemaking begins in effect at the beginning of the sixties with the birth of the first wineries. In the late seventies the Italian wine experienced a period of great turmoil and many entrepreneurs invested in Franciacorta and pointed on the cultivation of the vine.

 From there, the growth was rapid up to today's Franciacorta, considered by many the only area of Italian sparkling wine production which has reached levels comparable to those of the French Champagne.

  b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2305.JPGThe Franciacorta was the first Italian wine, made exclusively by the method of second fermentation in the bottle (Classic Method), to have been awarded in 1995 the Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed.

Today on the label reads only the name Franciacorta, the only term that defines the territory, the method of production and the wine. In Europe, only 10 denominations have this privilege, and among these only three are produced by fermentation in the bottle: Cava, Champagne and Franciacorta.

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 The Consortium joins the  Franciacorta Wine Route, which enhances the cultural and culinary heritage of an area more and more appreciated as a tourist destination in every season.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2299.JPGThe Franciacorta Wine Route offers the possibility to personalize your itineraries, dedicating to the visit of the cellars, discovering the area with its medieval villages and old houses, abbeys and monasteries, and also the Lake Iseo: perfect destination for your italian holiday!

I invite you to follow me to enjoy one of most famous and appreciated wineries in the world: Berlucchi!

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Leisure with me, this is my tourism!

 

 

 

 

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