A history that has lasted for centuries, that of Franciacorta: a single term that defines the territory, the method and the wine.
The current borders, in the heart of Lombardy, close to Milan, delimit a patch of land (200 square kilometers) of 19 municipalities in the Province of Brescia to the west of the Oglio river, to the north-east of the Rhaetian Alps, to the north the lake d’Iseo and Mount Orfano to the south.
Its gentle hills, originating from the retreat of glaciers over 10,000 years ago, enjoy an extraordinary mineral wealth and heterogeneity of soils. It is no coincidence that they have hosted the cultivation of vines since prehistoric times, from which primitive populations settled, which was replaced first by the Cenomaniac Gauls, then by the Romans and finally by the Lombards.
Thanks to the favorable climatic and pedological conditions, viticulture in these lands never stopped.
We have to wait until 1277 to discover the first appearance of the name “Franzacurta”, in the municipal statute of Brescia. At the time it was considered an important area for the supply of wine for the city of Brescia.
Others link the term Franciacorta to the times of the Frankish courts (curtes francae), that is, to the time when the territory enjoyed free trade in commerce.
Today Franciacorta is a cultural and natural heritage full of charm and attractiveness. A territory to discover, savor and breathe.