Franciacorta DOCG

Franciacorta See Lombardia map, ref #1

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Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1967; became a DOCG in 1995
Vineyard Area: 2,530 ha / 6,250 acres (2014)
Production: 122,100 hl / 1,355,000 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Pinot Nero
Styles and Wine Composition:
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 50% Chardonnay and/or Pinot Nero; maximum 50% Pinot Bianco; maximum 10% Erbamat
  • Rosé/Rosato Spumante (RoSp, RoSpSw): Minimum 35% Pinot Nero; maximum 65% Chardonnay; maximum 50% Pinot Bianco; maximum 10% Erbamat
  • Satèn Spumante (WhSp): Minimum 50% Chardonnay; maximum 50% Pinot Bianco
  • Millesimato (Spumante, Rosé, Satèn)
  • Riserva (Spumante, Rosé, Satèn)

Significant Production Rules:
  • Maximum vineyard elevation: 550 m (1,800 ft)
  • Grapes must be hand harvested and whole-pressed, without destemming, except for Pinot Nero that is to be used in Rosé
  • All wines must undergo a second fermentation in bottles (Metodo Classico), which cannot be started before February 1, V+1
  • Rosé can be made by blending red and white wines after fermentation
  • Satèn cannot exceed 5 atmospheres of pressure
  • Minimum alcohol level: 11.5%
  • Residual sugar: Spumante and Rosé can range from dosaggio zero (zero dosage) to demisec; Millesimato Spumante and Rosé can range from dosaggio zero to extra dry, and Riserva Spumante and Rosé from dosaggio zero to brut; all forms of Satèn can be only brut
  • Aging: For Spumante, minimum 18 months on the lees (ERD approx. August 1, V+2); for Rosé and Satèn, minimum 24 months on the lees (ERD approx. February 1, V+3); for Millesimato, minimum 30 months on the lees (ERD approx. August 1, V+3); for Riserva, minimum 60 months on the lees (ERD approx. February 1, V+6)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 07/14/2017