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Fizz in Franciacorta

Sarah Rodrigues has a sparkling time on the southern shores of Lake Iseo, where they produce champagnemethod wines to rival the best…
Images by Sarah Rodrigues unless otherwise stated

Our view of wonderful Lake Iseo from the Araba Fenice hotel; a charming doorway at the Monte Rossa vineyard; our preferred mode of transport; decorative sculpture at Bellavista; people learn to enjoy the vineyards from an early age around here; Peschiera Maraglio seen from the water; a lone cyclist makes his way through this land of vineyards

Why wasn’t I born the daughter of an Italian winemaker?” This green-tinged thought ripples through my mind as I stand in the cavernous space below ground at Bellavista. The room is filled with oak barrels, and light is shimmering on the surface of the richly-hued wood, coming from a huge, round skylight that forms the base of a water-filled pool at the entrance to the estate. On the wall behind us, carvings devoted to each of the women of the Moretti family tell the tale of their role within the family business. One of the three daughters, Francesca, now leads the company.

Retreating glaciers left behind mineral-rich soils, and formed a natural amphitheatre of small mountains around Lake Iseo

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Whether you’re planning an imminent adventure or settling down for some armchair travel, we’ve plenty of travel inspiration this month. Come with us on a weekend in Milan, exploring the familiar and the unexpected, and on a visit to Franciacorta near Lake Iseo, where vineyards are producing champagne method wines to rival the very best. We also take an in-depth look at life in Le Marche, a captivating region of central Italy that really is rather a hidden secret.