With the warmer months fast approaching, Franciacorta is an ideal location for those in pursuit of a tranquil and picturesque getaway this summer. Situated an hour from the characteristic city of Milan, the sparkling wine region sits in the heart of Lombardy, Italy, and can be easily accessed from the UK.
A hidden gem waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, Franciacorta offers an array of activities and experiences to all who visit. If it be taking a stroll along the Strada del Franciacorta in search of delicious local delights and restaurants, being whisked off on a scenic boat tour to explore stunning Lake Iseo or visiting the charming historic wineries and vineyards that Franciacorta is renowned for, to taste some delicious wines. In addition, guests staying in Franciacorta from 19 May – 8 September, will be able to relish in the region’s annual Summer Festival’s activities including special tastings, exhibitions, guided tours, sport events and concerts in the most fascinating and prestigious winery settings.
Franciacorta is home to 116 wineries and produces some of the highest quality sparkling wines in the industry, having received the ultimate DOCG status in 1995 as the first Italian wine in this category. It focuses on stringent, hand-picked selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc grapes and the indigenous grape variety Erbamat. Franciacorta is crafted using the traditional method, with secondary fermentation occurring in bottle.
Truly the perfect setting to appreciate a glass of refreshing sparkling wine during the warm summer months. With its signature style, Satèn, being the ultimate aperitif to enjoy, due to its well balanced and fresh taste that has fine and persistent bubbles with leading notes of ripe fruits and white flowers. Satèn is named after it’s silky, satin like bubbles that are the result of its careful selection of the base wine and low bottle pressure.
The Franciacorta Brut is also a style that can be enjoyed dining alfresco, with its delectable hints of yeasty bread crust followed by delicate notes of citrus, almonds and hazelnuts. Along with its Rosé, which is a composition of light bubbles and fruity cherry aromas.
For those seeking a combination of remarkable Italian sparkling wine, a spectacular landscape, and an immersive experience into Italian culture – the Franciacorta region is simply not a place to be missed out on this summer.