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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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Barbera

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

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  • Martilde

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

  • Ca' Di Frara

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

  • Conte Vistarino

    Covering 826 hectares, mostly in the district of Rocca de'Giorgi, the Giorgi di Vistarino estate ...

  • Castello di Luzzano

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

  • Azienda Agricola Martilde

    First of all, it is the two of us who take care directly of Martilde and we were not born here or...

  • Le Fracce

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

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