Grave cultivation and wine making in Franciacorta dates back to the Middle Ages, and continued uninterrupted through the Roman, the Late Classical, and the medieval periods. The mild, temperate climate, combined with excellent soils, have helped viticulture here to remain an unbroken tradition. Unlike Prosecco, Franciacorta sparkling wines are made using the traditional French méthode champenoise, or “Classic Method,” with the second fermentation in the bottle.
In 1995, Franciacorta was the first Italian sparkling wine produced exclusively by the Classic Method to win official status as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). Today, the front label on the wine reads simply “Franciacorta”: this one term defines the growing area, the production method, and the wine. All of Europe boasts only 10 such privileged wines, and only three of them are made by refermentation in the bottle, Cava, Champagne, and Franciacorta.
Today, the area’s venerable wine cellars have transformed themselves into cathedrals of modern winemaking technology. They proudly produce the four categories of Franciacorta sparkling wines – Millesimato, Rosé, Satèn, and Riserva – as well as Franciacorta’s still wines. And you thought the only sparkling wine in Italy was Prosecco!?
- Discover Italy’s other sparkling wine – Franciacorta – named for the beautiful region which it is grown
- Hike or bicycle on country roads through the beautiful vineyard landscape of Erbusco
- Explore Lago Iseo, one of the least explored Italian lakes
- Luxuriate at Condé Nast’s 2013 Most Excellent Hotel Spa
Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Erbusco
Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Erbusco (B)
Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.
- 2 nights accommodation in 5-star hotel in Erbusco
- All breakfasts
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request
Wine tasting, bicycle rentals, and ferry rides included on request (additional fee)