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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Castello di Luzzano

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

  • Azienda Agricola San Giorgio

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

  • Bruno Verdi

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

  • Mazzolino

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

  • Azienda Agricola Agnes di Giovanni

    La nostra azienda si trova a Rovescala, avamposto dell'Oltrepò proteso e conteso tra Pavia e Piac...

  • Nino Negri

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

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  • Cavalleri Franciacorta Blanc de Blanc Brut

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    Golden baked apple and pear aromas with notes of citrus, tart lemon and grapefruit. On the palate this is dry as a bone and austere with puckeringly tart lemon and grapefruit notes, steely minerality and fresh acidity. Ripe melon, refreshing citrus zest and a short finish of biscuit dough. Read More

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  • Monte Rossa Franciacorta Cabochon Brut 2011

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    Toasted marshmallow and oak notes on the nose with pie crust and warm biscuit aromas with hints of baked apple. Smooth and creamy texture on entry with a lively mid palate of lemon zest, sharp acidity and honey butter, this is full of fruit flavors of apple and pear, grapefruit pith and a touch of smoke that lingers on an earthy tingling sourdou... Read More

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  • Antica Fratta Essence Saten Franciacorta

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    Crisp, light aromas of honeycomb, flower petal and citrus zest with hints of toasted hazelnut. Creamy on the very dry palate with a zesty bite of acidity and a lovely effervescent palate with fresh peach, apricot and melon fruit on the mid palate trending towards yeasty and buttery notes of toasted coconut, brioche, smoky oak and a hint of espre... Read More

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  • Lantieri Cuvee Brut Franciacorta

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    Lemon curd and tart grapefruit aromas are fresh and appealing. This is very dry, brightly acidic and racy with tart green apple, grapefruit and searing lemon notes on the palate - by the time the acidity fades theres a pleasant toast and a note of brioche with a melon and lime zest finish. Read More

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  • Bellavista Brut Rose Franciacorta 2011

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    Tart sour cherry and strawberry aromas with notes of dried garden herb and light toast. Creamy, refreshing and delicately flavorful on the palate while delivering a zesty fresh spice and bright acidity throughout - this is easy and approachable with notes of cherry, cranberry and fresh ripe strawberry, finishing with a short but memorable floral... Read More

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  • Ricci Curbastro Extra Brut Franciacorta 2012

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    Elegant lemon and peach notes with hints of grapefruit and persimmon. Tart and creamy on the palate, well blended with grapefruit and melon fruit, fresh Meyer lemon and a hazelnut, yeasty biscuit note on the mid palate. This is zesty and lively on the palate with bold texture and wild acidity, a touch of garden herb towards the long orange peel ... Read More

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  • Majolini Altera Brut Rose Franciacorta 2016

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    Clean and classic aromas of strawberry, watermelon and cherry with a hint of roasted chestnut and a pastry note of cherry pie. Explosive on the palate with bold acidity and dark rich fruit notes of black cherry and ripe strawberry, a creamy mousse overlaid with gripping tannins coming through adding some depth and plenty of texture through to th... Read More

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  • Villa Extra Blu Extra Brut Franciacorta 2012

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    Deep gold color, toasted almond and hazelnut aromas with rich and creamy yeast and drawn butter notes, fresh green apple and baked pear fruit. In the mouth this is round, full and firm with zesty acidity on the attack and a creamy aged cheese note welling up from the center adorned with notes of raw honey, toasted bread and grapefruit with dried... Read More

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  • Ca' del Bosco Dosage Zero Franciacorta 2012

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    Lots of dark toast, hazelnut and almond aromas with a green apple fruit note and smoky yeast. Tart and zesty on the palate with fresh fruit flavors of green apple, pear and golden berries, bold and assertive and quite smoky towards the finish. This has equal parts spice, bright acidity and toasty yeast notes on the mid palate that mellow towards... Read More

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  • Franciacorta Saten Millesimato Brut Franca Contea 2011

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