Franciacorta is the first Italian wine to be produced exclusively by bottle fermentation to have obtained, in 1995, the Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG). Today, the word Franciacorta identifies the area, the wine itself and the production method, which complies with strict and scrupulous rules intended to certify the absolute quality of this Italian excellence.
The area known as Franciacorta lies in the heart of Lombardy, a stones throw from Milan, bordering Iseo Lake. Its approximately 200 square kilometers include 19 municipalities in the province of Brescia. The gentle rolling hills, bounded to the west by the Oglio river and to the northeast by the furthest extensions of the Rhaetian Alps, owe their ancient origins to the retreating glaciers which, over 10,000 years ago, formed the natural amphitheater where Franciacorta is nestled.