Franciacorta exists slightly below the radar in the sparkling wine world. But it is gaining plaudits among critics and is often described as Italy’s answer to Champagne. So, if you’re looking to something excellent that could satisfy your adventurous streak, we've got you covered.
Franciacorta DOCG styles at a glance
Franciacorta was granted DOCG status in 1995 and it is produced using the ‘traditional method’ – the same as for Champagne – with a secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle. Grape varieties that can be used are two of the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus also Pinot Blanc.