Artist Christo comes to Franciacorta this summer for his “Floating Piers”

In June of this year, the artist Christo will be mounting his next work on Lake Iseo in the heart of Franciacorta, “Floating Piers.” From June 18 to July 3, 2016, weather permitting, Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular...

Franciacorta Consortium has a new blog

We published the first post here on the Barone Pizzini blog on the day after Christmas, 2012. We’re now into our third year of active blogging and social media engagement. Over the last ten years or so, social media and blogging have become an integral part of life on this...

A weekend of art & culture at Barone Pizzini: events and tastings Saturday & Sunday

Barone Pizzini, the first winery in Franciacorta to believe in natural viticulture as the key to attaining the highest quality possible, presents a series of events and tastings featuring painting, music, food, and… Franciacorta, of course! Currently, the main tasting room at the winery features a show devoted to the...

The origin of the name Franciacorta (isn’t what you think)

It’s widely known that the place name “Franciacorta” comes from an ancient toponym for the area, francae curtes, the free court, in other words, a “tax-free zone,” a designation probably owed to the fact that the monastery that helped to revive agriculture there was not subject to taxation. But a...

Darrell Corti on Franciacorta’s beauty and topography

The latest installment in our continuing series of posts featuring “Darrell Corti on Franciacorta.” The Franciacorta area is quite pretty. Seen from Monte Alto, it appears to be a mosaic of different agricultures with blotches of modern life showing up in the form of industrial complexes with their rather graceless...

Darrell Corti on Franciacorta geography

The latest installment in our continuing series of posts featuring “Darrell Corti on Franciacorta.” Above: The Lago d’Iseo, Lake Iseo. The area is not large. It is well circumscribed since the geological features of the area are physical boundaries which have distinguishing features. All good viticultural areas have the characteristics...

Franciacorta harvest has begun

A note from Pievalta winery manager Silvia Loschi: Here’s a photo [above] of Verdicchio grapes taken today in our Moie vineyard. We’ve been preparing for the 2013 harvest this week. We started by checking and cleaning the press, tanks, and pumps. On Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., we began sampling...

Harvest will begin shortly after August 15

A note from Barone Pizzini vineyard manager Pierluigi Donna: The evolution of the analytic overview is evolving very rapidly. Nature is making up for time lost during the cold and rain in the spring. We’ll be able to begin picking just after August 15. In other vintages, the grapes were...

Ripening has begun

A note, just in, from Barone Pizzini manager Marta Piovani: Ripening has now begun in the vineyards. What does this mean? Ripening indicates a series of metabolic processes that cause a gradual accumulation of sugars in each berry. At the same time, these processes reduce the organic acids in the berries....

Dispatch from Castelli di Jesi: The story of the Pievalta church

The Pievalta winery takes its name from this yellow church on the hill above the estate. The name, Pievalta, indeed, means “church on high.” The church is also the symbol of the winery and it is depicted on our labels. We do not know exactly when it was built but...