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 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...

  • Bonarda

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Lombardy

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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...

  • Ca' Di Frara

    The spirit of great vine-growers. Just one rule: dedication to the rural environment safeguard, t...

  • Bellavista Franciacorta

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

  • Bella Vista Cellars

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

  • Nino Negri

    Our vineyards are located in a unique environment that offers much but in return demands hard wor...

  • 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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  • Mamete Prevostini Inferno Valtellina Superiore 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut


    Our 44th anniversary aperitif. It was great, but not as great as the best choice I ever made. I love you, Mary. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Monzio Compagnoni Brut Franciacorta 2010


    Smoky citrus aromas, ever so slightly honeyed on the nose with a pleasant floral note and some green apple, peach and lemon underneath the toast. Smooth and creamy palate with pleasant citrus fruit notes of orange and grapefruit, tart acidity and dark toast, finishing bready with biscuit notes and fresh peach fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Villa Emozione Brut Franciacorta 2013


    Dark toast and biscuit aromas with an oaty, buttered note with crisp fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lively and tart on the palate with searing acidity, fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, melon rind and more smoky toasted notes of wheat and barley, finishing with more tart acidity and puckering citrus pith. Read More

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  • Mirabella Brut Rose Franciacorta


    Plush strawberry and cherry aromas are lightly floral and touched by flaky puff pastry and delicate floral honey. Fresh spice and a creamy texture on the palate with gorgeous fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry and tart cranberry towards the finish, this displays great depth and full body with length and style. 93 pts Read More

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  • Ricci Curbastro Saten Brut Franciacorta 2013


    Plush floral aromas of wildflower, baked pear and apple with mild yeast. Zesty and brightly fruited with searing acidity, tart and lemon driven fruit notes, touches of melon and cream, fresh orange and lime pith with a toasted finish thats light and crisp. Read More

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  • Majolini Brut Franciacorta 2014


    Tart Meyer lemon and light toast, pastry dough and grapefruit on the nose. Creamy palate of fresh lemon cream and grapefruit zest, a bit of green apple, pear skins and warm spice, finishing with melon and butter notes. Read More

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  • Diesis Monteguzzo Oltrepo Pavese DOCG Metodo Classico Pinot Nero NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • La Torre Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese Frizzante NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • La Torre Sangue di Giuda Dell'Oltrepo Pavese Frizzante 2015


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