Itinerary: Cellatica, Gussago, San Zenone, Ome, Rodengo Saiano, Cazzago
The beautiful wine road in Franciacorta in Lombardy
If you are a wine lover, this is the tour you should not miss. Let's visit hereFranciacorta in Lombardy, a hilly area located between Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo. You will discover excellent wines, local products, and traditional dishes, including also some art and historic spots of this beautiful corner of Italy.
The tour starts from Brescia and will meander among the vineyards touching many charming villages such as Cellatica, Gussago, San Zeno, Ome, Rodengo Saiano, Cazzago San Martino, Rovato, Erbusco, Adro, Roe, Corte Franca, Provaglio d'Iseo, and Iseo. Stop at your pleasure in some wineries and taste the famous nectars: white or red Curtefranca DOC, Satèn Franciacorta DOCG, Rosé Franciacorta DOCG, Franciacorta DOCG Millesimato, Franciacorta DOCG Riserva and IGT Sebino.
Franciacorta is one of the most famous and appreciated wine areas in Italy and after tasting their wines you will find out why that is true! In order to make your experience even more pleasant, we suggest combining a glass of these amazing wines with tastings of the local cheeses or cold cuts: Grana Padano, Gorgonzola DOP, Luganega, Missoltini Quartirolo DOP, Robiole Bresciane, Salame of Monte Isola, Soppressata of Brescia, Salamina Mista, and Taleggio DOP.
Along the route you will find many restaurants where to taste the typical dishes of this area, such as the fried Alborelles (a small fish), Casonsèi (a type of stuffed pasta), polenta with beef, the Brescian-style spit roast, the tench with baked polenta, and the tasty local tripe.
The landscape you will cross is charming, thanks also to the amazing colors that change with the alternation of seasons. The beautiful vineyards-covered hills are scattered with picturesque rural farms, wine houses, and distilleries. You can follow this route by car or, even better, by bike.
If you want to combine this wine tour with some historical features of art or architecture, to mention only a few, you can visit the Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa, overlooking Torbiere del Sebino, a true natural paradise.
In the Convent of the Annunciation located on Monte Orfano, near Rovato, you can admire among other valuable artworks the 16th-century Annunciation, a large fresco painted by Girolamo di Romano (known as Romanino). You can also visit the Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas, one of the largest Benedictine complexes in Italy, located in the town of Rodengo Saiano.
Length of tour: 78 km
Wines:Curtefranca DOC, Satèn Franciacorta DOCG, Rosé Franciacorta DOCG, Franciacorta DOCG Millesimato, Franciacorta DOCG Riserva, IGT Sebino
This wine tour starts from Roncadella (Brescia) and ends in Iseo
Length: km 78
Places of interest to visit during this trip:
Franciacorta vineyards (pic n°1); Franciacorta wines (pic n°2); Cellars (pic n°3); The Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa (pic n°4); The Annunciation by Gerolamo Romanino (pic n°5); The Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas (pic n°6)