Postcards from Franciacorta

17th June, 2015

by Erin Framel

On a chilly day in mid-May I hopped on a red eye flight across the pond to visit Franciacorta, a small but burgeoning Italian wine region that’s been gaining some serious momentum lately. I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about!

Nestled between the Alps and Lake Iseo, Franciacorta is a charming nook in Lombardy producing some of the world’s most prestigious sparkling wines. It’s on the lips of every chef, sommelier and wine aficionado and is quickly moving its way into the worldwide market. An hour outside of Milan, the region is tied to Italy’s fashion capital and thus draws an elite crowd of tastemakers and celebrities (George & Amal Clooney served Franciacorta at their wedding, #nbd).

ABOVE| Janessa Leone hat, Ann Taylor sweater, Ralph Lauren Ricky bag, 7FAM jeans
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Here, winemakers with an extraordinary vision are creating sparkling wines that rival France’s champagne, with a refreshing, crisp taste like satin on the tongue, aromas so complex that the wine is served in wide brimmed glasses instead of flutes, and an unmistakably Italian style.
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ABOVE| Janessa Leone hat, Ann Taylor dress, Corello belt, Ralph Lauren Ricky bag, Coach patent loafers (similar here)
f7 F8F2Succumbing to Franciacorta’s embrace, I allowed myself to be seduced, indulged and pampered. I spent a long weekend exploring its cellars, wandering through its vineyards and sipping plenty of divine bubbly. Franciacorta is a place as beautiful, romantic and intoxicating as its wines. I fell deeply for both!
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ABOVE| A quick round of putt-putt at Ronco Calino winery
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ABOVE| Bottles are placed in ‘riddling racks’ and turned slightly each day as the wine ferments. The turning allows the yeast and sugar to interact, creating those wonderful bubbles!
If heaven can be found on earth, this is most certainly it. Here’s my adventure at a glance! Stay tuned over the next week for more on where to eat, what to do and where to stay in this oh-so marvelous Italian oasis.
F17 ABOVE| Refinery 29’s Lexy Lebsack watching the sunset over Lake Iseo
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  • Amanda Sorenson

    Love seeing this stunningly beautiful place through your lens – can’t wait for more posts to come!
    You look just as scrumptious as the wine and the scenery, for the record. Bravo!

  • These vineyards look so beautiful and romantic! Lovely adventure!
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  • Adding this to the travel bucket list!

  • Anova

    Your pictures really made me dream of visiting this place as well – beautiful! xo Anova

  • Beautiful place and lovely pictures!! Unnati Silks, one of the largest in Indian ethnic online shopping has plenty of traditional handloom varieties in sarees, salwar kameez, kurtas and Indo western available for women in India and overseas that are worth exploring.

  • Danielle

    Beautiful pictures!

  • So beautiful!



  • So beautiful! I wish travel to it now! <3

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  • Lindsey Rowels

    A getaway like this, where you get to taste wine and stroll along such scenic routes, is a dream come true. I look forward to having a getaway of this kind. It will be so relaxing and good.

  • ccjourn

    so beautiful… this kind of life !

  • Superb photography. Love that green locations and mountains. Your outfit is very delicate, color is so peaceful.

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