Lombardy Wine

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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Pinot Nero

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

  • Bonarda

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Martilde

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  • Le Fracce

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

  • Bruno Verdi

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

  • Bella Vista Cellars

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  • Mazzolino

    It’s taken twenty-five harvests and lots of passion for a dream to come true: to produce a great...

  • Castello di Luzzano

    The Castello di Luzzano is situated in one of most beautiful spots of the area. It sits astride ...

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  • Tre Filer VdT Bianco Dolce 2008

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    White Blend: Turbiana, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The grapes are dried out for 3 months, then they are pressed.Colour: clear, golden.Perfume: very rich, with hazelnut, dried fruit, honey notes. The smell is strong but harmonious and it remember an autumn sunny day.Taste: exellent balance between sweetness, acidity and flavor. The freshness i... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV

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    80% Chardonnay, 19% Pinor Noir, 1% Pinot Blanc.Colour: soft yellow, exellent and persistent perlage.Perfume: simple but balanced, fruity, fresh bread, peanuts, vanilla.Taste: fine and balanced, medium structure and acidity, exellent drinkability. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Cantina di Casteggio Barbera Oltrepò Pavese 2011

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    Wedding wine! Read More

    Wine review by robinhope


  • Peri Bigogno Riva Stradella Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2009

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    Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.Colour: clear, dark ruby red with some orange reflections.Perfume: pleasant perfume, persistent, clean and precise, characterised by a delicate smell of wood and spices.Taste: full and smooth, persistent with a slight taste of chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Gobbo Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2008

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    Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Marzemino.Aging: about 36 months in large oak barrels.Colour: clear, dark ruby red with pomegranate reflections, sign of its long aging in oak barrels.Perfume: pleasant, delicate, persistent and light, with complex aromas of vanilla, cooked cherry, dry prune, walnut husk and sweet spices.Taste: war... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Santa Giustina Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2010

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    Colour: clear, dark ruby red.Perfume: wine perfume, intense and pleasant, typical of Merlot grapes.Taste: particularly smooth thanks to the correct presence of noble tannins, with good persistence. Nicely balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Borgo Dell'Ora Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Borgo Dell'Ora Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    Colour: dark ruby red with some purple reflections typical of the grapes.Perfume: pleasant perfume, persistent, clean with some smell of mature red fruit, strawberry, berries, raspberry and currant.Taste: full taste, dry, warm, delicate thanks to the typical characteristic of this grape. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Regina di Cipro Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    Grapes: 100% Chardonnay.Colour: straw coloured yellow, with light yellow reflections.Perfume: fruity perfume, intense, persistent, it reminds of fresh harvested fruit, pineapple and apricot.Taste: fresh, savoury, captivating, with some structure and persistence and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Rosé Vintage 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


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