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Franciacorta

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Franciacorta

Our 30 years

Discover our 30 years through our key milestones:
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1277
The name of Franciacorta, designating the land between Brescia and Lake Iseo, appeared for the first time in 1277, in reference to the ‘curtes francae’, a duty-free trade area.

1426
A conspiracy among the nobility handed over the city of Brescia to the Republic of Venice. The tall battlemented towers, typical of Franciacorta, began to appear at that time.

1564
In his book about agriculture, Agostino Gallo, an authoritative agronomist from Brescia, mentioned Albamatta (today’s Erbamat), an indigenous grape variety now part of the Franciacorta production rulebook.

1570
Girolamo Conforti, a Brescia-born physician, wrote his “Libellus de vino mordaci” describing the bubbly wines of the area, which he defined as nippy, i.e. effervescent.

1809
The Napoleonic Land Registry certified the existence of almost 1,000 hectares of vineyards in Franciacorta, far more than would have met the needs of the 40,000 inhabitants at the time, thus demonstrating that, even back then, wine was not made to be drunk by the producer only, but to be sold too.

1821
In a book entitled “Dell’arte di fare, conservare e migliorare i vini nel Regno” (How to make, store and enhance the wines of the Kingdom) containing a posthumous excerpt by Count Dandolo of Adro, the pictures illustrate how to process “frothy” wines, which were already traditional in the area.

1908
The first geological study on Franciacorta’s viticulture, by the Anti-Phylloxera Consortium of Brescia, led to an important zoning effort early on, which demonstrated how advanced grape growing was in the early 1900s in this area.

1961
The first-ever bottle of Franciacorta was produced thanks to oenologist Franco Ziliani.

1967
Franciacorta was granted Controlled Designation of Origin status by Presidential Decree.

1990
On 5th March, the voluntary Consortium for the protection of Franciacorta wine was founded, with registered offices in Corte Franca. It united 29 producer members. The President was Paolo Rabotti.

1991
On 22nd March, the Technical Production Rules were approved. The Franciacorta trademark was registered in Italy the following November.

1992
The viticultural zoning study began.

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.
Riccardo Ricci Curbastro was elected President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

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. The Satèn trademark was registered; only the Consortium members have been entitled to use it.

1996
Approval of the viticultural code.
A self-regulation document, it was an evolution of the technical production rules, more stringent than the production rulebook.

1997
From 1st January, the first bottles of Franciacorta with the unmistakable DOCG State seal were released.

1999
Giovanni Cavalleri became the new President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

2000
The “Strada del Franciacorta” (Franciacorta Road) was created with the purpose of promoting and developing the tourist potential of Franciacorta.
On 22nd-25th September, the first Franciacorta Festival took place, an event which still today is celebrated in September across the entire area.
Claudio Faccoli became President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

2002
With the new EC 753/02 Regulation, Franciacorta wine started to be designated by the word “Franciacorta” only, with no other addition, including the DOCG lettering, given the renown it enjoyed.
The first organic Franciacorta saw the day.

2003
The Decree mandating the Consortium to perform control functions, 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 had carried out since 2000.
Ezio Maiolini was elected President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

2004
On 30th 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 this 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.

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

2009
Maurizio Zanella was elected President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

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.

The Consorzio Franciacorta redesigned its Brand Identity to better represent its leadership in quality. The new logo is based on the battlemented F, a symbol of strong and meaningful values, which got center stage thanks to the “embrace” of two strokes that symbolizes a glass.

2012
Beginning of the cooperation with Camera Moda: Franciacorta becomes the official Sparkling Wine of the Milan Fashion Week.

2015
Franciacorta was “Official Sparkling Wine” for Expo Milan 2015 with an exclusive Wine Bar on the exhibition ground.

Vittorio Moretti became President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

2016
Lake Iseo and Franciacorta hosted Christo and his “Floating Piers”, one of the latest, long-awaited works of the renowned Bulgarian artist, a three-kilometer walkway with a surface area of approximately 70,000 square meters.

2017
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the DOC title, a research project was entrusted to a sociological research organization, seeking to outline the aspiration, prospects, criticalities and ideas of Franciacorta in the next decade.
The production Rulebook was amended, with the addition of an indigenous varietal, Erbamat.

2018
The Giro d’Italia stopped in Franciacorta for the “Franciacorta Stage”.
Silvano Brescianini was elected President of the Consorzio Franciacorta.

2019
Franciacorta became wine partner of the 1000 Miglia and 1000 Miglia Green races.