Although best known these days for its sparkling wines, still wines have a much longer history in Franciacorta, as testified by Pliny and Virgil. However, it is claimed by some people that sparkling Franciacorta wines are mentioned in Girolamo Conforto’s 1570 book Libellus de Vino Mordaci. “Mordace” means “biting”, which some take to refer to a sparkle. Franciacorta achieved DOC status in 1967 when there were only 11 producers of sparkling wine.
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