Berlucchi Sparkling Wines: a Brief History

The history of Berlucchi, the well-known Italian sparkling wine, is strictly connected to the engaging events experienced by the company that has the same name, and which is today on the top of the global oenology.

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Berlucchi Winery Franciacorta Brescia Italy

The company was born in 1961, thanks to the lucky encounter between Guido Berlucchi, young countryman who was producing a simple wine called “Pinot del Castello” and Franco Ziliani, an ambitious winemaker, led by great dreams and expectations, who was interested in the idea of producing bubbly wine already at a early age, but he would have never imagined to reach such a great success.

The Beginning. 

The wine produced by Berlucchi with dedication and ambition, using grapes cultivated close to the Borgonato castle, presented unfortunately a problem of stability: once bottled, it tended to roil. And at this point Ziliani other than solving the inconvenience, confessed to Berlucchi his lifelong dream: to produce wines similarly to the French Champagne, high quality sparkling wines which can compete with the centuries-old French tradition.
The challenge was really ambitious even because, until recently, in Franciacorta we could only find very mediocre red wines, impossible to compare to the Champagne, beloved by Ziliani, who decided to start his ambitious project during his wine making training.

The First Italian Bubbly.

Giorgio Lanciani, Guido’s colleague and friend, takes part in the project.
In 1954, the three founded the “Guido Berlucchi & C.” Of course, their project took some time and many attempts before the production in 1961 of their first 3000 bottles of sparkling wine: the “Pinot di Franciacorta”.
The judgements were  immediately positives: the product was excellent and it could be compared with French Champagne.
The success of the new Italian wine was so overwhelming that the demand of production raised to the point that we can actually say that a new myth was born: the one of Franciacorta.
The winning characteristic of the product was the perfect price/performance combination: in fact it is Ziliani who believed that the selling point of their sparkling wines was the availability and the accessible price.
Now the production never stops; on the contrary, it continues to grow, thanks to the positive feedback of the consumers. The company can now get rich in new labels and renovate with new knowledge and technology.
The sparkling wine Berlucchi, in its classic variation, is straw-coloured with green reflections. It smells like white flowers and ripe fruits. Its flavour is embracing, fresh and lively.

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The First Berlucchi Sparkling Wine made in 1961

The headquarters of Berlucchi wine is still today in Borgonato, community of Franciacorta, in the province of Brescia. The wine cellar is open from Monday to Friday (and a weekend per month from April to September) for guided tour and tasting itinerary. Don’t forget that you need to book a week earlier.

Franciacorta: Italian Lakes, Italian Sparkling Wines.

From the wonderful vineyards to the beautiful Lake Iseo: discover the magic of Franciacorta.

The softness of the hills, the mild climate, the Alps, which can be seen from far away, as a precious frame: Franciacorta is a very special and unique land.
In our journey we’ll  be with www.myownitaly.com a travel and tourism website where you can discover unusual and different itineraries in Italy.

View from Monte Isola, Italy
Monte Isola – Lake Iseo – Italy – source

 

Bubbly wines on Lake Iseo.

Let’s start from Franciacorta, renown for the products of its land and in quality oenology. energies, enthusiasm, passion and innovation drawn by the great international success that these splendid bubbles have obtained. In 1995 Franciacorta was given D.O.C.G. (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) status, a significant testimonial to its winemakers? continuing commitment to excellent work and to further improving the quality of Franciacorta wines. Because saying Franciacorta today means proudly and confidently declaring a great love for wine. Franciacorta has been named the official sparkling wine of the upcoming Expo, a terrific success for the Lombardy winegrowers of the DOCG that is the fruit of the world’s most exacting Production Code for its wine category.

We can visit the most famous italian wineries in the world for sparkling wine production: both Berlucchi and Ca ‘del Bosco are excellent wine cellar. Each visit is focused on wine tasting and gives also the opportunity to buy the precious bottles that here are produced.
We will continue the journey with a transfer to Lake Iseo, where I suggest to stay at the Hotel Rivalago, delightful and charming relais overlooking the waters of the lake and in front of Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe.

Touring Lake Iseo

You can relax with a drink from the bar service on one of our sun beds on the dock and watching the sunset: this will make your romantic and suggestive stay unforgettable.
The next day, after a rich and tasty breakfast, we are ready for the hike to island Monte Isola. You can walk to the pier not far from the hotel and take the ferry boat directly to Peschiera Maraglio.

On the island you can admire the characteristic medieval villages and appreciate the food specialties of the place: the Monte Isola salami and also the dried fish served with polenta; then of course you can buy local products, such as all the net artifacts, famous and appreciated all over the world. I suggest to take advantage of the beauty of the island for a walk along the shore or rent bicycles for an exploration to fully admire the beautiful views offered by the circumnavigation of Monte Isola.

After lunch, come back to hotel where you can have a fresh shower and enjoy an Italian pizza just on your terrace tasting it sitting in the chaise lounge: a very relaxing time.
The last day, the suggestion is to do another beautiful day tour that you can’t miss before going home: lake Endine, a little lake (only 14 km long!) surrounded by wonderful reed beds. Lake Endine is located in Valcavallina in Bergamo: here the stillness of the lake allows you to enjoy the beauty of the landscape directly from the quite water aboard the paddle boats, rented on site.