The Franciacorta Wine Route: maps, itineraries and wineries

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In the heart of Lombardy there is a place characterized by ancient villages, sixteenth-century palaces, fairytale castles and generous hills on which lie numerous vineyards that characterize the landscape and the conformation.

 

Yes, because this territory, which stretches from Brescia to the southern end of Lake Iseo, tells of ancient wine-growing traditions and is one of the areas of Italy where bubbles known throughout the world as Franciacorta are produced. There is a way to discover these wonders made up of villages, castles, cellars and vineyards: take the Strada del Vino Franciacorta. In this article we explain why you must plan a visit.

Franciacorta WINE ROUTE

The Franciacorta road is an enchanted route between the area of Lake Iseo bounded by Mount Orfano, Mount Alto and the rivers Mella e Oglio and Brescia. It is about 80 km long and winds through 19 municipalities of Brescia with the aim of preserving, preserving and enhancing the wine culture of Franciacorta. Travelling along the Franciacorta road means taking a journey through the history and food and wine tradition of Lombardy. The municipalities that are part of the historic region are Adro, Capriolo, Cazzago San Martino, Coccaglio, Cellatica, Cologne, Corte Franca, Erbusco, Gussago, Iseo, Monticelli Brusati, Ome, Paderno Francacorta, Paratico, Passirano, Provaglio d’Iseo, Rodengo Saiano and Rovato. 

 

In these areas, where the wine-growing tradition has been known since time immemorial, Franciacorta DOCG is produced, according to the classic method of refermentation in the bottle in the Franciacorta, Franciacorta Satèn and Franciacorta Rosè variants.

Cellars 

There are many wineries to visit, on the site you can find a list of those that allow the guided tour with tasting. Selecting the map of wineries, you can choose the one that best suits your needs. There is no shortage of wineries in your itinerary:

 

  • Ca’ del Bosco
  • Baron Pizzini
  • Serlini drinks
  • Berlucchi brothers 
  • Majolins
  • Contadi Castaldi
  • Castel Faglia

Wine Road Itineraries

You can travel the Wine Route in different ways, by car, on foot or by bike. We recommend in this regard the 5 cycle routes to visit this area on two wheels, on the official website you will find all the details and information to travel it. Alternatively, you can follow the routes between rows of vines, small villages rich in traditions and wineries on foot, are the routes available:

 

  • Trekking Brescia – Iseo
  • Itinerary Monte Orfano 
  • Herbusco Itinerary
  • Monte Alto Itinerary
  • Burgundy Itinerary 
  • Gaina torrent
  • Gandovere torrent 

 

But what is there to see along the way? In addition to the wine cellars and tastings, the territory offers numerous opportunities for rest. Among the things not to be missed are 

 

  • Monastery of S. Pietro in Lamosa
  • Convent of the Annunciata of Rovato 
  • Olivetan Abbey of San Nicola in Rodengo Saiano
  • Sebino Peat bogs nature reserve
  • Quistini Castle of Rovato
  • Castle of Passirano
  • Castle of Capriolo
  • Paderno Castle
  • Bornato Castle
  • Castle of Gussago
  • Carmagnola Castle of Clusane

 When To Go?

You can go along the Wine Route in any season, but the best opportunities are in spring and autumn. A good opportunity could be in June, when the Franciacorta Summer Festival is held in the city or in September on the occasion of the Festival Franciacorta in Cantina.

Franciacorta Wine Road Map

On the official website you will find the map and the paths to go along the wine route, the cellars, the reception points and the places where to sleep or camp.

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