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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  • 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.

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

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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...

  • Le Fracce

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

  • Azienda Agricola Agnes di Giovanni

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

  • 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...

  • Martilde

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

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  • OK, I know I mentioned a trip to Colmar France in another thread but I may not ... ... flight tasting of local (Lombardy) wines (sparkler, white and red) and I did a three flight tasting of "fine reds" - Barolo, Brunello and an Amarone. Ended up purchasing the white and red from her tasting and found a different Barolo. Not a bad haul for one ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I've got some fungus on my feet that is even older, and traces its roots ... ... geographic area, like Lombardy or Burgundy or some prefecture in Japan) are these wells?  You say you are in Turkey, but what kind of project is going on? Not really sure that this makes any sense--if there's value to the yeast, wouldn't you be talking to one of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 1200 years old wine yeast to...


  • Pavia Vinuva Pinot Grigio Italy

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    good i love i been looking all over to buy, cant seem to find this wine Read More

    Wine review by arigoni


  • Caposaldo Moscato Provincia di Pavia IGT NV

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    Did a quick do it yourself wine flight tasting at my favorite bar...not known for its wines. Served much too warm. Loads of mixed fruit and far too sweet to have on its own without food. Bottle may have been flawed for there was a bitter and metallic aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Voluta Grande Provincia di Pavia Italy Pinot Grigio 2014

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    wonderful wine, smooth as silk, gentle on the palate, may cause overdrinking Heh heh heh. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cantina di Casteggio Sangue di Guida 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ariana8407


  • Cantina di Casteggio Sangue di Guida 2013

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    Wine review by lexxus


  • Ca' Dei Frati Pratto Vino Bianco 2011

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    White Blend: Turbiana, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Colour: light golden Perfume: tropical fruit and a mineral hint characteristic. Very intesive and rich bouquet. Taste: dry, rich palate. The fruit rounds out the palate, giving it depth and weight. The oak ageing adds a touch of spice to the lingering tropical fruit finish. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Ca' Dei Frati Pratto Vino Bianco 2011

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    White Blend: Turbiana, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.Colour: light goldenPerfume: tropical fruit and a mineral hint characteristic. Very intesive and rich bouquet.Taste: dry, rich palate. The fruit rounds out the palate, giving it depth and weight. The oak ageing adds a touch of spice to the lingering tropical fruit finish. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Ca Montebello Sangue di Guida 2013

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    Wine review by wmrosman


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