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Lombardy is a landlocked region huddled in the northwest of Italy between Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. This northern part of the region is a tourist destination surrounding the lakes Como, Iseo, Maggiore and Garda (which also spills into the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige). 
 
Lombardy was once the base for the ancient Germanic tribe the Lombards (hence the name), who took it over from the Romans in the 6th century BC. Like much of Italy, Lombardy was in a vicious cycle of stability followed by invasion and land dispute for centuries through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Austrians absorbed the region as part of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom from 1815 until 1859, then it came under control of the French House of Savoy until the end of World War II when the family was exiled from Europe and Italy became a republic. But regardless of all of this dispute and upheaval, wines were always a part of the local culture in some form. 
 
Even with such bustling, industrial cities such as its capital, Milan, much of Lombardy’s rolling hills and lake country is left unsullied by heavy infrastructure. Its position between the Alps and the Po river and the aforementioned lakes creates many microclimates and growing conditions. Valtellina and Garda are among the cooler climate subregions near the Alps and the “great lakes.” In the lower-lying areas, such as DOCs Oltrepo Pavese and San Columbano al Lambro, conditions become more hot and humid. 
 
The DOCGs Franciacorta  and Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico are considered Italy’s answer to Champagne, with the classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco, sometimes also Pinot Grigio. Both are produced in the same methode traditionelle as Champagne, with the secondary fermentation in the bottle and the usual phases of bottle rotation, disgorgement and dosage. This is unusual for Italy, where most sparkling wines are produced in the Charmat method, Read more »

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  • Bonarda

    History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s ...

  • Pinot Nero

    Pinot Noir synonym, especially in Italy. See Pinot Noir.

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Azienda Agricola San Giorgio

    The ancient history linked to Podere San Giorgio is witnessed by a 1500 tower and a cellar of the...

  • Martilde

    Or else, who we are, where we come from and where we are going. First of all, it is the two of u...

  • Le Fracce

    The wine-making tradition in the Oltrepò Pavese area dates back to the year 1000 B.C. and our res...

  • Bellavista Franciacorta

    Via Bellavista, 5 25030 Erbusco Italia Tel. +39 0307762000 Fax. +39 0307760386 ...

  • Bruno Verdi

    It is situated in Vergomberra of Canneto Pavese and it already keeps rooms from the first Verdi’s...

  • Bella Vista Cellars

    The Bella Vista Ranch, located in the hill country of Wimberley, Texas. Designed to reflect a tra...

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