Lombardy

Lombardy

Lombardy is in Italy's northwest with Milan, the country's financial capital, at its heart. In wine terms, the region is perhaps best known for its sparkling wine made in the Champagne method - Franciacorta. Using the Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also Pinot Bianco, the wine has to be aged on its fine lees for a minimum of 18 months - a good 3 months over the minimum required for Champagne. This is important, as the producers want to be seen as making premium quality, mostly to serve the local market in fashionable Milan restaurants, but the wines are also gaining reputation on the International market.

Elsewhere you can find interesting Nebbiolos in the region of Valtellina and some fairly decent reds and sparkling wines from Oltrepo Pavese, plus a number of other small but less significant DOCs.

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