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DOCG area for spumante (sparkling wine) in the Italian region Lombardy, It was created in 1995. The non-classified still wines were first grouped together in the Terre di Franciacorta DOC area, which was later added to Curtefranca was renamed to exclude the frequent confusion with the DOCG area. The zone, which is identical to Curtefranca and has around 2,800 hectares of vines, includes the municipalities of Adro, Capriolo, Cellatica, Corte Franca, Erbusco, Gussago, Iseo, Monticelli Brusati, Ome, Paderno Franciacorta, Paratico, Passirano, Provaglio d'Iseo and Rodengo-Saiano, as well as parts of Brescia, Cazzago San Martino, Coccaglio, Cologne and Rovato, on the southern edge of Lake Iseo in the province of Brescia.
The name comes from the Latin term "francae curtes" for the tax exemption of the monasteries and monasteries there. Due to the excellent sparkling wine, the area is also called " Italy ”. The fame came from the young winemaker Franco Ziliani justified that in the champagne house Moët et Chandon had learned. In 1961 he started at the Guido winery Berlucchi as a cellar master producing sparkling wine and soon caused a sensation with its quality. Many wineries followed, today there are around a hundred.
The sparkling wine was the very first to be classified as DOCG Spumante in Italy, which uses Metodo classico (i.e. bottle fermentation ) is produced. There are three variants. The Franciacorta is out Chardonnay and / or Pinot Nero ( Pinot Noir ), and possibly a maximum of 50% Pinot Bianco ( Pinot Blanc ) pressed. He has to be at least 18 months on the yeast to store. Franciacorta Rosé must contain at least 25% Pinot Noir. Since 2017, a maximum of 10% of the indigenous variety has been allowed here Erbamat be used. It has to be stored on the yeast for 24 months. For the production of Franciacorta Satèn (dialect expression for "velvety" or "silky", earlier Crémant ) Pinot Noir is not allowed. It must also be stored on the yeast for 24 months. With all three wines, the alcohol content amount to at least 11.5% vol.
a Millesimato (Vintage sparkling wine) is available from all three types. It is obtained from high-quality grapes from special vintages (85% of a vintage). It must mature on the yeast for at least 30 months. a Riserva there are also all three wines. These have to be stored on the yeast for 60 months. The Satén is only produced in "brut", the other two in dosaggio zero, extra brut, brut and extra dry.