“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.