“The butler escorted me to the living room of Palazzo Lana Berlucchi.
The notes of Georgia on my mind resonated in the air:
Guido Berlucchi was at the piano. The count closed the instrument, greeted me warmly,
and began to question me, a young winemaker, about how to improve his unstable white wine.
I answered his questions without hesitation, and in greeting him I dared to suggest: what if we were also to make a sparkling wine in the French style?”
Berlucchi accepted this proposal from Franco Ziliani, and the two pioneers joined forces with their friend Giorgio Lanciani. Thus the challenge began and, after a few less fortunate years, in 1961 three thousand bottles of Pinot di Franciacorta were sealed. Uncorked the following year, they turned out to be excellent.
Historic documents dating back to the powerful convent of Santa Giulia da Brescia provide the first recorded evidence of Franciacorta’s excellence in wine production way back in the 8th century AD.
A man in love with his vineyards meets a young expert and visionary. Then there is a question, a moment of silence, and the doors open on a new era.
United around the idea of outstanding quality. The pioneer Franco Ziliani and his family, together with the winemakers of Franciacorta, have changed the history of this territory.
There are certain fascinating stories that only the ancient walls of a sixteenth-century stately home can inspire.
The Berlucchi vineyards are the very essence of Franciacorta. It is here that nature meets the hand of man to give rise to an outstanding fruit.
A small but very special patch of land, with a winemaking culture dating back centuries. Here the mild climate of Lake Iseo meets the fresh breezes of Val Camonica, and the magic of Franciacorta is born.