Just one hour east of Milan, you will find one of Italy’s best kept secrets – the scenic Franciacorta territory located within the Italian region of Lombardy. Like Champagne, The region refers to both the geographical region and the wine itself, which was the first sparkling wine in Italy to be granted DOCG- the highest classification for Italian wines. Franciacorta wines are produced exclusively by the ‘metodo classico’ of re-fermentation in the same bottle.
The girls and I try to make aperitvo a weekly occurrence, and this past weekend I brought along a bottle of Le Marchesine Brut. Le Marchesine is a small, yet innovative Franciacorta wine estate and now one of the most prestigious companies in its league. The region’s terroir gives the pétillant wine a slightly dry and full-flavored taste. It went quite well with our favorite French Comté and prosciutto.
Apart from over 100 Franciacorta cellars, here are a few other persuasive reasons to visit the region.
Lounge on Lake Iseo where the Floating Piers installations was built.
The Cappuccini Resort, a restored 17th century monastery for a romantic and luxurious experience.
The San Pietro in Lamosa, an old church/monastery from 1083 with vintage baroque art and frescoes created in the 16th century.
Explore the Torbiere del Sebino nature reserve and wetland surrounding San Pietro or see the beautiful waterfalls in Monticelli Brusati.
The Festival Franciacorta which takes place 2 times a year – June and September – with live music, cellars tours and local food, open to the public.