It all comes down to this: a pile of rocks.
I know it makes for a boring image. But to wine nerds, rocks and rocky subsoils mean everything.
And so I wanted to start this blog off with the photo above. Yes, of rocks.
The photo was taken a few weeks ago on Mt. Orfano in the southwest corner of the appellation.
Franciacorta’s hills and subsoils are formed by stones ranging in size from boulders (in the north of the appellation) to pebbles like the ones above (in the south).
They are the result of glacial debris: when the ancient glaciers melted, the stones were pushed down from the Alps, forming the Morainic hills of Franciacorta.
We’ll be talking a lot about Morainic hills and their subsoils on this blog.
But first I want to talk about how this blog came to be.
I first came to Franciacorta in 2008 to visit one of the leading wineries there. It was on that occasion that I met a smaller producer who would later become a good friend of mine. I’ve come back to Franciacorta every year since then.
Over these years, I’ve come to realize that Franciacorta is one of the most misunderstood appellations in the world of fine wine today. Even the name itself — Franciacorta, which contains the Italian name of another country — is confusing.
But more importantly, Franciacorta is misunderstood (and often maligned) because it has invariably been compared to other sparkling wine appellations in Italy and beyond.
My experience in Franciacorta has shown me that it is an entirely unique wine in the panorama of sparkling wine in the world today. And the goal of this blog is to be an educational resource for people who want to understand more about Franciacorta, where and how it is made, and why the people who grow it and make it are so passionate about it.
Today is my first official day as the Franciacorta consortium English-language blogger. I’ll hope you’ll follow me on this journey.
Stay tuned: we’ll be posting more shortly.
Thanks for reading.