The nature of the Lombardy wine region offers blue lakes, high mountains, rich flora, wonderful sunshine and excellent vineyards. Maybe the longing for Italy has its beginning here. Where plump red grapes ripen, where noble sparkling wines are deliciously bubbly, there is northern Italy's Lombardy. Internationally, Lombardy wines are not always the focus of attention. That is regrettable. Because between the Alps and the Po Valley, wine is produced that is simply delicioso.
The scattered vineyards of Lombardy
The Lombardy wine region is home to several first-class provinces for wine. However, these are widely scattered in the northern Italian region. Preferred locations can be found, for example, near the famous lakes. The Franciacorta wine-growing region is directly south of the Lago d'Iseo. This is where the very popular and exquisite Franciacorta sparkling wines come from. To the east of this central wine location is the beautiful Lago di Garda, about 50 km from Lago d'Iseo. From here comes the fresh and fruity Lugana DOC. A wonderful white wine, made mainly from the Trebbiano di Soave grape variety. Far away, in the west of Lombardy near Voghera, is the largest wine growing area. Oltrepò Pavese has DOC and DOCG wine. The spumante here is mostly produced by bottle fermentation. Further north, in the middle in the Alps, are the impressive terraces of the Valtellina wine region, which round off the scattered wine region.
The Lombard wine terraces of Valtellina
The wine terraces of Valtellina are situated high in the north of Lombardy. They are located in the province of Sondrio, where they join Switzerland. In the Swiss Confederation, the Valtellina wine region is known as Valtellina. At maturity, the leafy green vines, which almost exclusively bear red grapes, stand in front of the alpine hills. With a clear blue sky and warm sunshine, this is a pleasant aesthetic experience.
Nebbiolo in Lombardy
In this part of Lombardy, the Nebbiolo grape variety is the preferred one. This demanding red grape variety grows on calcareous soils and needs a long time to reach maturity. No other grape type However, patience pays off - even when the wine is in the bottle. A red wine with pronounced acidity needs time to develop fully. If the bottle is opened after several years, the noble variety exudes a fruity, fragrant bouquet. Violets, roses, plums, sometimes berries mix with subtle notes of tar or truffle. On the southern slopes of the Valtellina wine-growing region, the demanding grape variety finds very good conditions in Lombardy.
The DOCG wine from Lombardy
Lombardy abounds in first-class wine. Many wines carry the DOCG quality seal on their label because they meet the high standards with flying colours. Some DOCG wines are:
- Sforzato di Valtellina
- Valtellina Superiore
- Oltrepò Pavese Spumante Metodo Classico
- Oltrepò Pavese Spumante Metodo Classico Pinot Nero
- Moscato di Scanzo
Spumante - sparkling wine from Lombardy
The sparkling spumante from the vineyards of Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese are internationally renowned. The spumante develops its full flavour by fermentation in the bottle (Metodo Classico). All in all, there are spumanti that shimmer predominantly straw yellow or have a beautiful pink colour. Lombard sparkling wine bubbles wonderfully, shines on all occasions and is also an excellent companion for light Italian dishes.
Lombardy short & concise
The Lombardy wine region is located in northern Italy. It is part of the region of the same name, which is also the most populated region in Italy. Lombardy borders on the Alps and Switzerland in the north. To the west is the Italian region of Piedmont, to the east Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. Southern Lombardy is dominated by the Po Valley and is connected to the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The centre of Lombardy is the metropolis of Milan. In addition to the beautiful lakes Lago di Garda or Lago di Como, the wine-growing area with the vineyards Oltrepò Pavese, Valtellina or Franciacorta is also very impressive. Lombardy is famous for sparkling and red wine.
Interesting facts about wine from Lombardy
What is Lambrusco Mantovano?
The fruity and sparkling Lambrusco Mantovano come from the south of Lombardy, from the province of Mantua. They are available either as rosé or red wine. Since 1987 they have been DOC wines.
How big is the area under vines in Lombardy?
The total area under vines in Lombardy covers about 24,000 hectares.
What does DOC and DOCG stand for?
The designations DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) indicate high quality standards for wine. In each case, the Italian state checks the conditions of production, including, for example, authorised grape varieties, yield, cultivation and vinification. Only the best wines from Lombardy receive these quality ratings.
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