The territory of Franciacorta is a section of the Province of Brescia in the Italian Region of Lombardy. Franciacorta extends north from the plain of the river Po to the shores of Lake Iseo, and from the river Oglio on the western border to the town of Cellatica in the east. The geography of rolling hills was shaped by glacial action. The soil, glacial moraines consisting of gravel and sand over limestone, drains well, and is ideal for the cultivation of grapes and winemaking. The weather is mild and constant due to its location south of the foothills of the Alps and the tempering presence of large lakes. To publicize wine tourism the district established a "Strada del Vino Franciacorta" on the model of the famed German Wine Route ("Weinstraße") in 2001.

The area has been inhabited since Paleolithic times, with archaeological records left by Gauls— the Cenomani of "Brixia" (modern Brescia), Romans and Lombards. The name Franciacorta, attested in 1277, is thought to derive from "curtes francae", the fortified courts of the Frankish empire established in the 8th century.

There is a Cluniac foundation, the Abbazia di San Nicola, at Rodengo, which has been inhabited by Olivetan monks since 1446. Other places of interest include Passirano, with an interesting castle, and Provaglio d'Iseo, with a Romanesque church

ee also

*Lombardia (wine)

External links

* [ Upcoming events in Franciacorta] (in English)
* [ News from Rovato, the main city of Franciacorta] (in Italian)
* [ All about Franciacorta, wine, history, culture, events] (in Italian)
* [ Franciacorta]


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