Franciacorta is a sophisticated, dry, sparkling wine made in the traditional champagne method in the the Province of Brescia, Lombardy. One can think of it as Italy's answer to Champagne. It is an elegant wine with carbonation evocative of creamy mousse. Like Champagne, Franciacorta is made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir though Pinot Bianco is allowed.

Non-vintage styles must be bottle aged at least 18 months on the lees. Restrictions increase with each quality level up to the Riserva designation in which wines must spend at least 60 months on lees. Rosé varieties are allowed and notable. Also notable is the Satèn style; this is a softer, less carbonated Blanc de Blancs variation that is made only with Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco. Franciacorta is a beautiful pairing for freshwater fish and celebratory occasions. (Wine/Appellations)