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DOCG area for spumante (sparkling wine) in the Italian region of Lombardy. The classification was made in 1995, and the still wines not classified in this way were first grouped together in the DOC area Terre di Franciacorta, which was later renamed Curtefranca to avoid the frequent confusion with the DOCG area. The zone identical in area to the Curtefranca area with about 2.The area of 800 hectares of vineyards covers the municipalities of Adro, Capriolo, Cellatica, Corte Franca, Erbusco, Gussago, Iseo, Monticelli Brusati, Ome, Paderno Franciacorta, Paratico, Passirano, Provaglio d'Iseo and Rodengo-Saiano, as well as parts of Brescia, Cazzago San Martino, Coccaglio, Cologne and Rovato, on the southern edge of Lake Iseo in the province of Brescia. The name comes from the Latin term "francae curtes" for the tax exemption of the local monasteries and convents. Because of the excellent sparkling wine, the area is also called the "Champagne of Italy". The fame was founded by the young winemaker Franco Ziliani, who had learned in the champagne house Moët et Chandon. In 1961 he started producing sparkling wine at the Guido Berlucchi winery as cellar master and soon attracted attention with its quality. Many wineries followed, today there are about a hundred.

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