Franciacorta [pronunciation: frahn-chi-ah-cort-ah]
Made exclusively in the traditional method, Franciacorta holds the status of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), the highest quality designation in Italian wine, which ensures stringent production regulations and quality standards. This Italian bubbly dates back to the Roman age. It’s produced in the province of Brescia, Lombardy with grapes grown in the eponymous Franciacorta region (typically Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc). The region’s terroir, characterized by clay and limestone soils, as well as the cool climate influenced by nearby Lake Iseo, contributes to the distinct flavor and feel of Franciacorta wines. Due to their exceptional quality and craftsmanship, Franciacorta wines are often considered as Italy’s answer to Champagne, offering an excellent alternative for those seeking world-class sparkling wines with their unique Italian expression.