Franciacorta Wine Area
A region located south of Lake Iseo, distinguished by its mild, cool and breezy climate. Lake and mountain, vineyards and hillside, villas and castles, churches and monasteries: these are the attractions that make the Franciacorta an ideal location for spending a holiday in complete relaxation, but fun and diversions are not lacking. All this, accompanied by the excellent genuine mountain and lake cuisine, infused and marinated with the exceptional wines that have achieved recognition and honours around the world. Of immeasurable beauty, its artistic legacy reveals itself gradually, in the Abbey of Rodengo Saiano, in the Convent of the Annunciata di Rovato and in the Monastery of S. Pietro in Lamosa; it would be a pity not to visit the many small churches that dot the hillside.
The Franciacorta region and Lake Sebino offer an assortment of notable destinations, each different and interesting in their owns special way; from Monticelli Brusati where the happy sound of the crystal-clear waterfalls guide the tourist along the bicycle path that leads from Paratico to Brescia. Continuing on, immersed in a truly wild and protected natural environment, we reach the natural sanctuary of the Torbiere (peat moss plantations) of the Sebino, a fine example of preservation of the regional legacy. This land offers suggestive views of itself, in every season. Site of important wine cellars, Erbusco offers visitors the occasion to admire Villa Lechi, whilst the beauty of Bornato is centered on its splendid castle. For all those who consider a vacation the best opportunity to pamper oneself and look after well-being and good health, the Franciacorta region is also the site of prestigious mineral springs spas and modern health treatments based on grapes. If you prefer to discover the local flavours, the Franciacorta is an endless source of culinary delights, offering varied and consistently diverse menus, beginning with “oil marinated beef of Rovato”, considered a specialty of the cuisine of Franciacorta. In fairness, we should say that there really is no place in the Franciacorta where you won’t eat well, savouring delicious dishes served with sumptuous wines, produced in the local wineries and recognized around the world for their superior quality.
A Great Wine Tradition
After losing its strong bond with the city’s aristocracy, the Franciacorta suffered a long period of decline: its areas were abandoned, villas were deserted, palaces left to their destiny. Only at the end of the nineteen-fifties did the area begin to flourish once again. Its lifeblood was restored and its vitality returned. Yes, because the new chapter in the old-age history of the Franciacorta opened with winemaking. Or more accurately, Bollicine, “classic method champenois”. It all began with the insight of a young enologist who fell in love with the French region of Champagne and was able to convince an aristocratic wine maker to abandon his traditional red wines and take a chance on the bubbly stuff. It was a far-fetched wager but in the end, a winning one. In thirty years’ time, that wine maker was able to produce five million bottles of sparkling wine and what’s more important, the entire Franciacorta region was given a new lease on life. Even the landscape changed, always marked by the equilibrium borrowed from the ages. In thirty years’ time, orderly rows of grapes new cover every hectare of land, replacing the cultivated land and fruit orchards. In the dark of the wine cellars, empty for decades, wine has continued to grow, the red line of a century-old history. Finally, the ghosts of the past have abandoned the local villas, restoring them to the previous splendor. The Franciacorta region, a land of small, individual communities, each equally noble and proud of its tradition, communities linked and divided according to the needs of history, was finally rediscovered with a common denominator that managed to attract the attention of all of Europe. An attention that has been transformed over the years into the vocation to tourism. First through the appeal offered by the wine cellars and later by the network of high quality hotels that are luxurious enough to meet the needs of an elegant and sophisticated clientele who want to discover this unique region. Finally, in preparation to open the doors to a tourism also made up of more common folk, in search of natural beauty marked by the culture of man. Travellers who want to walk an entire day along its roads in search of its unspoiled beauty, along the route of the Longobards, pursuing the fragrance of wine, a hillock where the view opens up to embrace villas and vineyards, tugging the secret heart strings of emotion.