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Franciacorta: Behind the Scenes of an Italian Excellence

Presented by Franciacorta
Hosted by Wine Enthusiast Italian Editor, Kerin O’Keefe



Sustainability, research, terroir and passion are some of the most cherished topics in Franciacorta, a region producing great wines since the sixteenth century. Join Wine Enthusiast Italian Editor, Kerin O’Keefe, Silvano Brescianini, Franciacorta Winemaker & President of the Franciacorta Consortium, Laura Gatti, Franciacorta Winemaker & Vice President of the Franciacorta Consortium and Maurizio Zanella, Franciacorta Winemaker as they discuss region ideals and the distinctive characteristics of Franciacorta wines that make them stand apart from others.

Why You Should Attend: Discover how the quality of wines is still ensured by the Franciacorta method, an ancient art that perfectly combines the latest technology with the skills of local winemakers. Hear about sustainable winegrowing practices and how strong values drive winemakers to produce unique and enjoyable wines.

What You Will Learn: Learn what makes Franciacorta so interesting and different and uncover the intricacies behind each glass of this extraordinary Italian wine.

Original Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 2 PM EST

Duration: 30 Minute panel followed by a 15 min Q&A session

Hosted By:
Kerin O’Keefe
Italian Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Prior to her appointment with Wine Enthusiast, O’Keefe, who moved to Italy in 1991, wrote regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, as well as for World of Fine Wine and on winesearcher.com. She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (Veronelli Editore, 2005), a recipient of a Gourmand Wine Book Award. Her latest two books are Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: the King and Queen of Italian Wine (University of California Press, 2014).


Silvano Brescianini
Franciacorta Winemaker & President of Consorzio Franciacorta

Born in 1967 in Erbusco, in the heart of Franciacorta, Silvano Brescianini grew up in the cellar. His great-grandfather was a winemaker and produced wine long before Franciacorta was recognized as one of the most important appellations in the world. After a childhood spent in the vineyards, he became a sommelier and gained experience in the catering sector that brought him to lead his winery – first as a partner, then as general manager – and today to cover the role of President of the Franciacorta Consortium.


Laura Gatti
Franciacorta Winemaker & Vice President Consorzio Franciacorta
Laura Gatti is a true woman of wine as winemaking has been a constant in her life. She was born in the middle of the harvest in September 1976, and since then she has never abandoned the Franciacorta vineyards to which she still dedicates body and soul. After studying oenology, inspired by her father who was already a master of the sector, Laura took over the family business that she now manages with her brother Matteo, and has also become the Vice President of the Franciacorta Consortium.


Maurizio Zanella
Franciacorta Winemaker
Maurizio Zanella was born in 1956. He studied agriculture and his introduction to the world of wine came in the sixties, when his mother acquired a small hillside property located in Franciacorta. Zanella is a an extensive traveler and wine cosmopolitan who has put into practice in his native Franciacorta what he learned in France, particularly Burgundy and Bordeaux. In 1969, he created his company with passion and enthusiasm, transforming what was a house in the chestnut woods into one of the country’s most modern wineries.



A Note From Our Sponsor: Welcome to Franciacorta. An extraordinary region, stretching into the Alpine foothills, rich in art and natural treasures. A desire to grow grapes in harmony with its environment, in line with natural and sustainability principles. An ancient culture yielding premium wines accompanies toasts and tastings, providing pleasure, lightness and joy. An inimitable lifestyle recognized across the world; a unique wine that adds sparkle to every moment.


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