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Franciacorta is the most important region for bottle-fermented sparkling wines in Italy. It also lives up to its reputation as the "Champagne of Italy" because it has a very similar portfolio of grape varieties. Here, too, two of the three main varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, only the third is different, albeit closely related: Pinot Bianco instead of Pinot Meunier.

And yet the wines taste completely different. This is due on the one hand to the soils - while chalk predominates in Champagne, Franciacorta lies between Lago d'Iseo and Brescia at the extreme edge of the Po Valley on the terminal moraine of an ice-age glacier - but above all to the completely different climate. In Franciacorta, the climate is still continental, but with clear Mediterranean influences. A Franciacorta therefore usually tastes much warmer and softer than a good champagne. The fruitiness is also more pronounced here, while the yeast aromas are rarely as pronounced as in the French model.

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