the wine
Franciacorta

the land
Franciacorta

History

The Consortium was founded on 5 March 1990 in Corte Franca to guarantee and monitor compliance with the rules for producing Franciacorta wine. The name of the geographic region where its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc vines are grown is used to identify this wine, which is produced exclusively by the method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. In one word, Franciacorta describes an area, a production method and a wine.

Having moved to its present site at Erbusco in 1993, the Consorzio Franciacorta has about 200 members including wine growers, wine producers, bottlers and others involved in the production chain for the designations Franciacorta DOCG, Curtefranca DOC and Sebino IGT. Its distinctive logo with a castellated letter F distinguishes its wines and refers back to the ancient mediaeval towers that characterise 19 municipalities in the heart of Lombardy, by the shores of Lake Iseo: Adro, Brescia (part), Capriolo, Cazzago San Martino, Cellatica, Coccaglio, Cologne, Corte Franca, Erbusco, Gussago, Iseo, Monticelli Brusati, Ome, Paderno Franciacorta, Paratico, Passirano, Provaglio, Rodengo Saiano and Rovato,

A Brief History Great wines have been produced in the region of Franciacorta since the sixteenth century. A study carried out on the Napoleonic land register of 1809 certifies the existence of almost 1000 hectares of vines, which would have been well above the needs of the 40,000 inhabitants, and therefore clearly destined for sale. Its modern history began in 1961, with 11 producers, 29 hectares of vineyards and a production of 2000 hectolitres of Pinot di Franciacorta.

1967
With a decree of the President of the Italian Republic, Franciacorta was granted the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC).

5 March 1990
The voluntary Consortium for the protection of Franciacorta wine is founded with 29 producer members.

1991
In March, the Franciacorta Technical Production Rules were approved. In November, the Franciacorta trademark was registered in Italy.

1993
A new production rulebook imposed natural bottle fermentation as the only permitted spumante-making method; the “Metodo Classico” caption disappeared, while the compulsory grape production area was introduced.

1995
The Consortium’s logo became the only identification of Franciacorta DOCG, the first Italian brut to obtain recognition of the "guaranteed" status. In September of the same year, the Consortium approved the Franciacorta DOCG rulebook.

1996
The Vine and Wine Regulations were approved. It is a self-imposed set of rules, which are an evolution of the Technical Production Rules and are more stringent than the production rulebook.

1 January 1997
The first bottles of Franciacorta with a DOCG State seal were released.

2000
Two important Wine Culture initiatives are launched: the “Strada del Franciacorta” route, with the aim of promoting and developing Franciacorta’s potential as a tourist destination, and the “Franciacorta Festival”, an event that still takes place every September and involves the entire territory.

2002
The new EC 753/02 regulation stated that Franciacorta can be designated as only “Franciacorta” with no other addition, including the DOCG wording, given the renown it enjoyed.

2003
The Decree mandating the Consortium to perform control functions over the Terre di Franciacorta DOC and Franciacorta, also known as "Erga Omnes", was published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale [Official Journal] (Ministerial Decree dated 29/5/2001). The Consorzio per la tutela del Franciacorta was among the first consortia in Italy to enforce this Decree, in addition to the routine surveillance activities it has carried out since 2000.

30 December 2004
Upon explicit request by the Consortium, a decree regulating the use of the "Talento" wording by Italian VSQPRDs and VSQs excluded the Franciacorta DOCG area from resorting to such option in combination with its designation and presentation. This amounted to an express acknowledgement by the Ministry of the excellent quality and distinctive specificity of Franciacorta.

2007
A new section on the www.franciacorta.net website made it possible to provide more information about the wine than that shown on the label as a means of promoting transparency.

2008
The new Franciacorta DOCG, Curtefranca DOC (in replacement of Terre di Franciacorta) and Sebino IGT rulebooks were published in the Official Journal.

2010
New restrictions were introduced in the Franciacorta production rulebook, to promote rigor and pursue better quality, thus confirming the Franciacorta rulebook as the most stringent for this type of wine.