First day in Franciacorta with team Classicmethod!
Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi above showing us the topographic map of the Franciacorta vineyards when five of us arrived here on Tuesday. One of the most important things we learned right away about Franciacorta is the diversity in soil types as shown in the different colors on the map. The wine makers can vinify up to 40 different expressions of chardonnay seperately and combine those base wines in their own artistic expression for their finished product. This is a mythical place to grow grapes posted up right underneath Lago d'Iseo. The lake gives a maritime influence on top of the Alpine climate and a prehistoric glacier slide creates a natural amphiteatre almost enclosing the vineyards in the area. There is an incredible consistency of quality and movement towards organic viticulture that is not easy to come across in any other wine region. What a complex area to learn about and as Jeremy has said, "These wines aren't beginner wines and deserve some time and concentration to try and understand them." So I take a deep breath of clean crisp alpine air before diving into this majestic land of grapes and sparkling wine.