Franciacorta’s End of Summer Festival: You are Going to Want to Join in Next Year!

The Festival Franciacorta in Cantina, now in its fifth year, returns on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of September, to say farewell to the summer season and to celebrate the arrival of autumn.


Participants in the Festival will enjoy the opportunity to savor Franciacorta by travelling the Strada del Franciacorta, the road of Franciacorta’s riches, and joining in a series of events being offered at the area’s wineries.

The Consorzio del Franciacorta and the Strada del Franciacorta promise an exciting weekend, with the opportunity for educational tastings as well.

It is a weekend for everyone: wine lovers, food lovers, and general tourists.  Explore the region with specially guided walking tours or bicycle trips into the vineyards accompanied by expert. Visits to wine cellars are all a part of the fun.

For those hungry to learn, guests will taste a range of styles of Franciacorta, gain insight into the production method, and meet the producers. Fine-wine aficionados can take part in vertical and themed tastings, while foodies will love sampling traditional local dishes and products, from street-food to the exotic creations of local chefs. Both parents and children will enjoy an array of games and picnics.

“After the exciting success of Franciacortando in June,” said Maurizio Zanella, President of the Consorzio Franciacorta, “Franciacorta is commemorating September by inviting all to enjoy the beauty of our growing area and the world-class quality of our wine.”

Reservations for the tours are necessary, and can be made directly with the wineries, which will be open from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 2.00 to 7.00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Complete information is available on the new website which has been totally re-designed for speedier access and use. It has also been optimised for use on Smartphones and tablets, with an easy-to-read layout at all resolutions.  The redesign project paid particular attention to user-friendliness, with the result that users will be able to very rapidly access all the details of the Festival

 The Consorzio per la tutela del Franciacorta is the body that guarantees and monitors respect for the Franciacorta production code, the first wine in Italy produced exclusively by the classic-method of refermentation in the bottle to win, in 1995, the status of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. The activities of the Consorzio include protection of the brand and of the growing area, continuing perfection through constant improvements to the production code and related regulations, providing information to consumers, monitoring the wines through the sales process, and the promotion of Franciacorta as the expression of a growing area, a wine, and a production method. Founded in 5 March 1990, and headquartered in Erbusco, in the heart of Franciacorta, the Consorzio is comprised of 109 producers; its president is Maurizio Zanella.

BFFs: Italy’s Top Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, AND Nolcha New York Fashion Week

It was electric with loud, thumping runway music, gorgeous models and crazily talented designers. In the midst of it all was Franciacorta, the official toast of Milan Fashion Week, now on New York runways.

Olympic gold medalists, actresses, actors, singers, muscicians, models, designers, and more were there, oh my!   All sipping on Italy’s best bubbles.

Professional pics coming soon, but here is a sneak peak from a personal, inside camera job ….  (yes, even the dogs were tres chic!)


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Franciacorta Harvest Starts!

It was not easy, but in the end, the grapes look excellent this season. Phew!

The early summer saw a number of cooler, wet days, which brought on the initial worry, but the slow, gradual ripening which followed brought in grapes of flavor and finesse.

Another sparkling harvest is under way….


Exclusive Franciacorta dinner at the Italian Embassy in London

A prominent high profile crowd of social and international personalities were welcomed and hosted by the Italian Ambassador, Pasquale Q.Terracciano and the President of Franciacorta, Maurizio Zanella at an exclusive dinner held last night July 2nd, at the Italian Embassy in London, to celebrate and introduce Franciacorta sparkling wines in the UK. 

The memorable event joined together a distinguished group of guests, included politicians, entrepreneurs and celebrities. Tennis superstar Boris Becker with his wife Lilly Becker; Sir Rocco Forte, Giorgio Veroni and Tamara Beckwith, ‎Dr Chris and Marjorie Gibson-Smith, Tania Aragona Schapira, Eduardo Teodorani-Fabbri and Miss Davina Cornish, Marco Bizzarri – 0CEO Kering Luxury and President of Bottega Veneta, and entrepreneur Arturo Artom among others.

The dinner took place at the Italian Embassy at Grosvenor Square where everyone enjoyedItaly’s best sparkling wine, Franciacorta.

Some pictures of an eventful night: 


Franciacorta bubbles at Vegas Uncork’d

Las Vegas. Just the word has place name has a note of excitement to it! Besides being a playground for adults, it is also one of the culinary capitals of the U.S.

Franciacorta at Vegas Uncork'd

Vegas Uncorked is a multi-day, multi-venue event put on by Bon Appetit, and they know good food and wine. The top chefs of the country, from The French Laundry to Serranos to Mario Batali – they are all there in person to say hello to guests.

With all that wonderful food everywhere, it is a no-brainer that the best bubbly in Italy would be there to celebrate the event as well. Franciacorta was the first wine booth seen by guests by the pool as they entered – and the perfect starting point for the grand tasting event. Sparkling wine goes with more foods than any other wine style!

Taking place at The Pool of the Gods at Caesars Palace, this is an event extraordinaire.

DO NOT miss it next year.  You will thank us later.

Here is to the best sparkling wines in Italy, Franciacorta!

Franciacorta for Cinco de Mayo: Bubbles and Sparkling Margaritas


Celebrating Cinco de Mayo but don’t love Margaritas?

We recommend bubbles!! What’s better than Franciacorta best sparkling wine to pair with a yummy Mexican meal?


You still want those Margaritas? Then try a twist in the traditional cocktail: a Sparkling Margarita is the perfect bubbly treat to toast in this special celebration!!


Here is an easy and funny recipe, with four simple ingredients:

–       fresh lime juice

–       silver tequila blanco (rather light color ones but really any tequila works)

–       Triple Sec or Cointreau

–       sparkling wine


Simply stir the first three ingredients together for your margarita base. Then add about 1/3 cup of the mixture to a champagne glass, and fill the rest up with a flourish of best sparkling bubbles. Then toast, and enjoy!!

Sparkling Margarita

Sparkling Burbujas


Sparkling Margaritas – About 8 glasses

(recipe by Ali Ebright at



1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice

1 cup agave silver tequila

1 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau

1 bottle (750 mL) sparkling wine/ Franciacorta (about 3 cups)

lime wedges and coarse salt or sugar to rim the glasses



Stir the lime juice, tequila and Triple Sec together to make your margarita base.

Prepare your glasses by running a lime wedge around the rim of the serving glasses, and then dipping the glasses in coarse salt or sugar.

Pour about 1/3 cup of margarita mixture into a champagne glass, and fill the rest of the glass up with sparkling bubbles. Or if using a different glass, you need a ratio of about 1/3 cup margarita mixture to 1/2 cup champagne.

If desired, stir in a teaspoon or two of sweetener to sweeten each glass. Salud!


Franciacorta at Vegas Uncork’d 2014

Corks of Italy’s best bubbles will be popping at Vegas Uncork’d 2014.

Franciacorta will be front and center at The Grand Tasting event that will take place at May 9th in The Garden of Goods Pool of Caesars Palace.

Grand Tasting At Vegas Uncork'd By Bon Appetit

The famed resorts of Las Vegas have assembled an unparalleled collection of celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists in the nation to celebrate the 8th edition of the ultimate wine and food event. The most anticipated foodie event of the year is bigger than ever with dozens of one-of-a-kind events that could only happen in Las Vegas.

The following will be the Franciacorta bubbles poured at this unique event:

Antica Fratta Essence Rose 2009, Fratelli Berlucchi Rose 2009, Barone Pizzini Saten, Bellavista, Ca del Bosco, Cavalleri Brut, Contadi Castaldi, Il Mosnel Rose, La Montina Saten, Lantieri de Paratico Saten and Arcadia, Le Marchesine Brut, Lo Sparviere Saten, Majolini Pas Dose, Monte Rossa Cabochon 08, Montesina Rose, Ricci Cubastro Saten, Villa Franciacorta Saten 2009, and Villa Crespia – Muratori Numero Zero.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity!!

Four days of unique events’ tickets and full information

Vegas Uncork’d 2014 video

Cod over black chickpeas and Franciacorta Brut

This is an ideal dish for savoring the traditional Italian cuisine based on fish and vegetables. It is a great recipe, easy to cook, different and delicious, fast enough and perfect to combine with a Franciacorta sparkling Brut.

cod over chickpeas and franciacorta brut

Recipe originally taken from the Franciacorta local foodie Arianna Vianelli’s blog:

Cod and black chickpeas 

Ingredients for four people:

◾ 7,5 oz dried black chickpeas

◾ 8 fresh cod fillets

◾ Extra virgin olive oil

◾ Salt, pepper and fresh rosemary

◾ 2 cups of vegetable stock


Soak the chickpeas for at least 24 hours, drain them and rinse well.

In a pan, heat a little olive oil and a clove of crushed garlic until it turns golden. Add the chickpeas and 2 cups of vegetable stock. Cook for 30/40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt.

With a blender, blend only a handful of chickpeas and add it to the rest of the chickpeas, so only a portion is pasty. This will ensure some creaminess along with the crispier sautéed chickpeas.

Clean the fresh cod and cut into strips. Sauté it in a very hot pan for a few minutes per side.

Serve the chickpeas, place a couple of threads per serving, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground pepper and a sprig of rosemary as a decoration (just it smell to complete the dish)

Very simple isn’t it? I think the most tedious part is the soaking of legumes but only because you have to remember it the night before.

To accompany this delicious and salty dish, a “simple” Franciacorta Brut, the best Italian sparkling wine, is always the best choice.  Cheers!!


Vinitaly 2014 + Franciacorta: Focus on the culture of quality

A wide range of workshops in the Salotto Franciacorta, Vinitaly 2014; keywords: quality, export, promotion

Napa, 3 April 2014 – Franciacorta will be taking part in the 38th annual Vinitaly 2014 event along with a large number of its producers, who are, as always, united by passionate commitment to excellence. In little more than 50 years the Consorzio has made it possible for Franciacorta appellation to achieve global recognition as the elegant expression of a growing area and a wine that displays absolute quality and superb character.

In all, 63 wineries will be present, with 47 of them inside the Palaexpo Regione Lombardia (North side, 2nd level) and another 16 in external pavilions. During the four days of the fair, the wineries will convey “the Franciacorta experience” to many Italian and foreign wine-sector professionals who will naturally be attracted by Vinitaly 2014, Italy’s most prestigious wine fair. They will be offering their finest exemplars of Brut, Satèn, Rosé, and Pas Dosé styles of Franciacorta, in addition to the Millesimati (vintage-dated) and Riservas.

“After an extremely active calendar for the first three months of 2014, most of it spent in markets outside Italy, Vinitaly gives us the priceless opportunity to strengthen our position in our home country and to make new friendships to help us continue to spread the Franciacorta culture and tell wine enthusiasts about our wine and all many upcoming events we have planned for next months.” remarked Maurizio Zanella, President of Franciacorta.

This year too, the Consorzio and its member producers will be welcoming visitors in the Salotto Franciacorta, set up inside the Franciacorta display space in the Lombardy Pavilion (Palaexpo, second level, stand B-C 16), with a rich programme of diverse events for a wide range of interests. The focus will be on new trends in that marketplace, distribution networks developments, and brand-new initiatives of the Consorzio in the export sector. Each one of the events promote the culture and the fine wines and food of Franciacorta region.

Franciacorta area in the Padiglione Lombardia (Palaexpo) comprises over 1,500 square meters of space; it can be reached by escalators A1 on the north side or by the lift near the “Cangrande” entrance, where visitors with Franciacorta Pass will enjoy priority.

Franciacorta + Vinitaly 2014

Below is the list of the meetings and tastings in the Franciacorta area’s calendar:


1.00pm: Intravino annual meeting: Franciacorta will host the annual meeting of the well-known Intravino wine blog, during which its representative bloggers will meet their readers toasting with Franciacorta.

31.30 – 5.30pm: Wine business strategies 2014-2015 – Executive Roundtable

New trends in the marketplace, winery’s internationalization and competitive strategies: a comparative look at companies and institutions. This session, open to press, is organized by Fiera Milano, International Business, in collaboration with the Consorzio Franciacorta and the Lombardy Region. It is targeted to the wine-sector CEOs and executives, and moderated by journalist and author Nicola Dante Basile. Only with invitation. Requests to Anna Formicola – Tel. +390684541296 – E-mail:


12.00-3.00pm: Brunello and Franciacorta: winning promotional models

Fabrizio Bindocci, President of Brunello di Montalcino, Maurizio Zanella, President of Franciacorta, and Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President of FederDOC, will explore systemic-based strategies for promoting Italy’s treasures abroad. Moderator will be Davide Paolini, journalist and radio host. A tasting will follow, pairing wine with the creations of Chef Lorenzo Tagliabue and with classic dishes to Montalcino. For press only. Reservations necessary, contact


1.30-3.00pm: Franciacorta at table: Chefs Stefano Cerveni and Vittorio Fusari will unveil two dishes that will reveal to fine food-lovers the secrets of using Franciacorta in the kitchen. Nicola Bonera, 2010 Best Sommelier of Italy, will propose the best wine pairings. Broadcasting the workshop is Fede&Tinto of Decanter Radio Rai 2. Limited seating capacity,previous reservation.


1.00-2.00pm: New frontiers for Satèn: venerable vintages, classic disgorgements, and new interpretations

This sensory adventure will explore the cellar potential of a wine usually prized for its immediate drinkability. Tasting leading by Nicola Bonera. Open to public, by previous reservation. Contact:



The 47 producers present in the Lombardy Pavilion (north side, 2nd level):

Antica Fratta, Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi, Barboglio de Gaioncelli, Bariselli Gabriella, Barone Pizzini, Berlucchi Guido, Betella Franciacorta, Biondelli, Borgo La Gallinaccia, Bosio, Ca’ del Bosco, Cantina Chiara Ziliani, Castello Bonomi Tenute in Franciacorta, Castelveder, Cavalleri, Clarabella, Faccoli Lorenzo, Ferghettina, il Mosnel, La Fiòca, La Fiorita, La Montina, La Torre, La Valle, Lantieri de Paratico, Le Cantorìe, Le Marchesine, Le Quattro Terre, Marzaghe, Mirabella, Monzio Compagnoni, Pian del Maggio, Plozza Ome, Quadra, Ricci Curbastro, Riva di Franciacorta, Romantica, Ronco Calino, San Cristoforo, Santus, Solive, Tenuta Montedelma, Tenuta Moraschi, Vezzoli Giuseppe, Vezzoli Ugo, Vigna Dorata, Villa Franciacorta.

The 16 producers in outside pavilions:

Bellavista PAD.7 B3/B4, Bersi Serlini PAD.6 E1, Cascina San Pietro PAD.8 G7, Castel Faglia PAD.5 E5 G.D.O CAPETTA, Castel Faglia Monogram PAD.4 C4 Ho.Re.Ca, Castello di Gussago La Santissima PAD.7 D5 DISTILLERIE FRANCIACORTA, Contadi Castaldi PAD.7 B3/B4, Corte Aura PAD.6 C6, Derbusco Cives PAD.7 B3/4 CUZZIOL, Lo Sparviere PAD.8 F4 VINTRADING, Monte Rossa PAD.6 B6, Montenisa PAD.7 D2 ANTINORI, Riccafana PADIGLIONE 11 STAND E5 G6, Sullali PAD.7 B3/4 CUZZIOL, Uberti PAD. 7 B1, Villa Crespia-Muratori PAD. 7 B5.


Visit Franciacorta and Lake Iseo: wine, flavours and relax

Making plans for Easter vacation? Take a look at all that Franciacorta offers!

Visit Franciacorta

Visit Franciacorta, between Milan and Venice, and lose yourself in this breathtaking landscape. Franciacorta is full of historical towns that have a rich medieval and renaissance heritage.

Explore bicycle paths around Lake Iseo and stroll through vineyards and olive groves. Practice golf, enjoy the gastronomy and winemaking tradition of this wonderful land.

Every Franciacorta winery is open to the public, for tastings and tours to give you an up-close-and personal view of this very special region, that is known for producing the best Italian sparkling wine.


And if you can’t fly to visit Franciacorta , enjoy a glass and let it take you there in each and every sip. Salute!