WINE ROUTES

Napa Valley and Franciacorta: A fascinating experience

Only a few itineraries have the fascination and the charm of a road trip through the endless vineyards of the world’s finest Wine Routes. Our choice was to give you a taste of two of them, separated by an ocean, far apart but close in spirit, because wine, God’s nectar, has the same rhythms and traditions everywhere. Different kinds of taste of unique vine varieties, local or transplanted, but always genuine, authentic and… excellent. Napa Valley and Franciacorta Route, without daring to draw comparisons, tell you a little tale and provide a suggestion for a wonderful trip.

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Napa Valley Welcome

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Napa City

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Sattui Winery

For all pictures,
Credits to courtesy of www.visitnapavalley.com

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Meadowood resort in St. Helena – Napa Valley

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A suite at the Meadowood Resort

Endless and scorched by the California sun, Napa Valley has been producing the best American wines for over 100 years. Many of the 500+ labels made in California are synonymous to good wine the world over.
Warmly welcoming, here is the spirit and heart of America’s finest winemakers and wineries. One route to choose is a drive through the small towns of Castiloga, St. Helena, Angwin and Napa: romantic landscapes, picture-postcard light and shadows… Always. Suggestions at www.visitnapavalley.com


Franciacorta Landscape

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Vineyards on the lake Franciacorta

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Ca Del Bosco Wineries

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Left: A bottle of Annamaria Clementi couvee 2005 – Right: A bottle of bellavista Alma Cuvee Brut Franciacorta

Credits of all pictures:
Courtesy of Consorzio Franciacorta

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L’Albereta Resort – Franciacorta

The cultivation of vines has ancient origins on the hills of Franciacorta, but it was in 1961 that eleven winegrowers first began producing 2,000 hectoliters of sparkling Pinot di Franciacorta from 29 hectares of vineyards. This was the first step towards establishing Franciacorta as we know it today. Even now the quality of each bottle of wine is still ensured by the Franciacorta Method, an ancient art that perfectly combines the latest technology with the skill of the local winemakers. In 2014, the number of bottles sold amounted to a staggering 15,475,977 all over the world by 109 member producers. About the trip? What can we say? It’s Italy and in this Valle del Vino (Wine Valley) everything around us tells us that… www.franciacorta.net

By Valentina Visigalli