La mattina prosegue con la visita in esclusiva della storica Villa Lana-Berlucchi che ha saputo sorprenderci per la bellezza dei sui spazi, dove si respira ancora l’eleganza e la nobiltà della Famiglia Berlucchi che le abitava.
Le note di “Georgia on my mind” vibravano nell’aria: Guido Berlucchi era al pianoforte.
Rimasi incantato dall’eleganza della sua figura, dalla maestria con cui le sue mani accarezzavano i tasti.
Volsi lo sguardo ai muri secolari, ai ritratti di famiglia; notai gli arredi preziosi.
Tutto emanava raffinatezza non ostentata.
Berlucchi richiuse il piano, mi salutò con calore e iniziò a interrogare me, giovane enologo, sugli accorgimenti per migliorare quel suo vino bianco poco stabile.
Risposi senza esitazione alle sue domande, e nel salutarlo osai:
“E se facessimo anche uno spumante alla maniera dei francesi?”.
E’ possibile visitare le cantine Berlucchi e degustare i loro vini su appuntamento dal loro sito internet
We are in Fraciacorta, among the rolling hills adorned with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. Here you can feel the charm of this beautiful landscape, made of history and tradition, culture and passion, commitment and dedication that made Franciacorta most rigorous and authoritative vinification method among the world.
An area enclosed between Brescia and southern border of Iseo Lake. Tjis territory accompanied the evolution and growth of Berlucchi Company, an entrepreneurial reality pioneer of the method Franciacorta, started from a project, perhaps bold for that period fruit of the intuition of Franco Ziliani, supported by Guido Berlucchi, its fundamental travel companion.
You can reache Borgonato in Corte Franca along a scenic route that releases all the charm of the campaign, with its ordered rows of vineyards that characterize the lush greenery of this area, not far from Iseo Lake.
And here is the magnificent Berlucchi winery Company, surrounded by vineyards and the rolling hills and of Franciacorta.
The welcome is always attentive and friendly.
This morning, to do the honors of Berlucchi: Francesca Facchetti, good and very knowledgeable, explained to the guests the production methods, which pass through the care in the vineyard, with a hand made harvest, winemaking and cellar techniques, emphasizing the great attention that Berlucchi reserves in all these phases, following a disciplinary that is the strictest in the world for this type of wine.
And in this charming cellar, including rooms, niches, corridors by brick, pupitre where once the riddling was performed by hand, storage spaces of the bottles, and sometimes long corridors, each time I see the great admiration of the audience for the Classic Method that Berlucchi produces for the high demand of bottles of Franciacorta known overseas
In the cellar is held the famous first bottle of Franciacorta produced in 1961 by the company Guido Berlucchi.
The morning continues with an exclusive visit of the historic Villa Lana-Berlucchi that surprised us for the beauty of his rooms and spaces. Here you can still feel the elegance and nobility of the Berlucchi family that lived here, not so much time ago.
I’m particularly fascinated by the story of the first meeting between Franco Ziliani great winemaker and Count Berlucchi. On the beginning Guido Berlucchi wanted his guest Franco Ziliani to tell him how to improve its production of still white wine, this is why ha invited him in his Villa.
But by that time another great adventure between them began, a new project that will be the start of the classic method Franciacorta.
Everything starts from here and I like to describe it precisely with the same words of Franco Ziliani:
“The butler escorted me into the living room of Palazzo Lana Berlucchi.
The notes of “Georgia On My Mind” vibrated in the air: Guido Berlucchi was at the piano.
I was enchanted by the elegance of his figure, the mastery with which his hands caressed the piano keys.
I turned my eyes to the century-old walls, the family portraits; I noticed the precious furniture.
Everything exuded understated sophistication.
Berlucchi closed the plane, greeted me warmly and began to interrogate me, young winemaker, about the fixes to improve his unstable white wine.
I replied without hesitation to his questions:
“And if we make a sparkling wine in the style of the French?”.
Soon the new article on Palazzo Lana Berlucchi and the wonderful aperitif under the old portico overlooking the main villa and the park of Brlucchi Family in Franciacorta, where joined us for the occasion Cristina Ziliani great communicator, likeable and extremely passionate about her work. She completes the story of the family Berlucchi and of his father Franco Ziliani.