What is Franciacorta?
Franciacorta is a place, a wine appellation, and most importantly a wine.
Franciacorta is a sparkling wine produced in the Province of Brescia in Lombardy, in northern Italy. Since 1995 the sparkling wines of this region have held DOCG status, the most prestigious wine classification in Italy. Franciacorta is produced from grapes grown within the boundaries of the territory of Franciacorta, a compact area resembling a large amphitheater with Lake Iseo forming its northern boundary with chains of hills extending both east and west of the lake forming it’s eastern and western boundaries.
The proximity of Lake Iseo moderates the climate while the surrounding hills protect the region from wind and frost. Over six different soil types have been identified in the region, however, the majority of the soils are morainic and were laid down by glaciers that formed the lakes and valleys thousands of years ago.
Chardonnay dominates the planting in the region, while Pinot Nero and, to a lesser extent Pinot Bianco, play a supporting role in the wines in addition, to the newly approved Erbamat, an indigenous grape of the region. All the wines undergo their second fermentation in bottle and benefit from an extended period of aging on the lees prior to release, from multi-vintage blends to single vintage bottlings.
For additional information about Franciacorta visit the Franciacorta website.
The Franciacorta Festival is an all-day event taking place in New York City, on Wednesday, June 5th. 25 producers of Italy’s finest sparkling wine will be joining us at The Redbury Hotel’s private event space to share their delicious wines with us for both the wine trade and consumers.
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The daytime portion of the festival is dedicated to members of the wine trade and will feature 2 seminars in addition to a Walk-around tasting open to industry professionals only.
Trade Event Timeline:
- 11:00am – 12:00pm
TITLE: Lay of the Franciacorta landscape
Presented by Silvano Brescianini, President of the Franciacorta Consorzio and May Matta-Aliah, Franciacorta Educational Ambassador
- 1:30pm – 2:30pm
TITLE: Franciorta from a Sommelier’s perspective
Panelists: Ryan Manna, Osteria Morini; Jonathan Lopez, The Milling Room, Chris Struck, Union Square Café, Keri Levins, Consultant, moderated by May Matta-Aliah, Franciacorta Educational Ambassador
- 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Trade Walk-around Tasting (Trade credentials will be checked at the door)
Everyone is welcome
In the evening portion of our festival everyone is welcome. From 6:30pm-9:00pm you can enjoy a sampling the finest Italian sparkling wine, along with small bites. Wines will be organized by style, encouraging you to find your favorite while you mingle with the Producers who are flying in from Italy to share their wines with you.
Consumer Event Timeline:
- 6:30pm – 9:00pm– Open to the public- (ticketed)
25 Franciacorta Producers will be presenting their wines at a Walk-Around tasting on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at The Redbury Hotel’s spacious event space on the second floor.
The tasting will feature wineries that are already present in the New York market, in addition to a few that are seeking importation.
Join us for this unique opportunity to taste some of Italy’s finest sparkling wine producers at the second Franciacorta Festival in New York.
Italian Restaurant Week is making a comeback to NYC in June 2018!
After a successful launch in 2017, Italian Restaurant Week will be back in New York City from Wednesday, June 1st till Thursday, June 8th, 2018 with promotions running in most of the city’s top Italian Restaurants. Each participating restaurant will feature a Franciacorta by the glass on their wine list during that week.
Scheduled to coincide with the restaurant week is the first ever Franciacota Festival taking place on Tuesday, June 5th. Over 30 producers will be in NYC, showcasing their wines to members of the wine trade during the day followed by an evening tasting for wine lovers who are looking to expand their love affair with all things Italian.