In the heart of Franciacorta, a few kilometers from the shores of Lake Iseo stands Guido Berlucchi, the founding and reference company of Franciacorta; named “Winery of the Year 2022” by Gambero Rosso for “having made the history of the classic Italian method”. Here, in fact, was born in 1961, from expert hands of Franco Ziliani and Guido Berlucchi the first classic method sparkling wine of the territory: the first Franciacorta.
The winery is now managed by the three sons of the owner Ziliani: Cristina, Arturo and Paolo, who led it into the new millennium continuing the paternal mission focused on innovation and enhancement of the territory; taking care of a brand synonymous with Franciacorta and quality, but also with modern research and sustainability.
The Guido Berlucchi winery is today also a Wine Destination for wine lovers from all over the world. Excavated ten meters below ground level, the historic cellar amazes and fascinates its visitor: a complex of galleries and large vaults, built around the suggestive central heart of the late 1600s, which still houses the first bottle, vintage 1961. And, above it, Palazzo Lana with its ancient walls.
The hilly area of Franciacorta, a hub of traffic and trade since ancient times, is already mentioned in the Statutes of the Municipality of Brescia dated 1277. Viticulture on the hills of Franciacorta has been practiced since the year one thousand, as confirmed by numerous sources. An industrious territory made of soft hills that allow, thanks also to the mitigating action of Lake Iseo and the cool breezes coming from Val Camonica, to ensure the vineyards ideal temperatures and marked temperature ranges, necessary to concentrate the aromas in the grapes allowing to obtain wines with intense and ample aromas.
Tour of the historic winery with guided tasting of Franciacorta Berlucchi proposed in combination with artisan breadsticks.
The Berlucchi team is available to organize a tailor-made experience. The secrets of the Franciacorta method revealed by expert guides, in the historic galleries that saw the birth of the first Franciacorta; the magnificent noble palace and its frescoed rooms; our most exclusive reserves combined with typical products. All this and much more will be the ingredients of an unforgettable day.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.