Wine from Lombardy
The wine country Lombardy in the north of Italy with the capital Milan borders in the north on the Swiss border, whereby Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore have their coasts partly on Italian soil. In addition, Lombardy borders on other provinces in northern Italy such as Piedmont, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Emilia-Romagna. The province of Lombardy in the north of Italy is a complex wine-growing area and an exciting wine region.
On the one hand, there is the Valtellina growing area with its Nebbiolo grapes and the red wine Sforzato di Valtellina and the red wine Valtellina Rosso. Due to the location in the Alps and the distinct continental climate, the wines ripen to their full aroma. On the other hand the region around the upper Italian lakes like Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Iseo. Important cities in the Lombardy region include Milan, Pavia, Brescia, Como, Desenzano del Garda and Bergamo. Bergamo offers sensational wine from an unknown wine-growing area with the small winery Castello degli Angeli. The Vergani family also originally comes from the city of Bergamo and is therefore especially connected to Lombardy. But what makes Lombardy special are its sparkling wines Franciacorta from Lake Iseo and the sparkling wines from Trebbiano di Lugana from Lake Garda. Both regions also produce great red wines from the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and Merlot or white wines from Chardonnay or Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc).
Valtellina is certainly one of the most special regions of Italy and Lombardy. On the state level, it belongs to Lombardy, but the region is so special that it has its own wine category. In the alpine region mainly Nebbiolo is cultivated. This is actually more expected in Piedmont. However, the grapes are processed rather as one knows it from Veneto from Lake Garda and around Verona. The grapes are dried before pressing. This is how the Sforzato di Valtelina DOCG is produced. A strong wine with a structure similar to Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG but with the elegance of the Nebbiolo grape. But also the undried version Valtellina Superiore DOCG impresses with its power and its very own way.
The region of Bergamo in Italy is not known for its wine and certainly not for DOC wine and DOCG wines. It is precisely this circumstance that makes Bergamo so exciting. The Castello degli Angeli winery impressively shows that great Lombardy wines do come from this region. Only by chance we came to this winery, which produces its wines mainly for their own needs in the hotel. If you are looking for an excellent Chardonnay or red wine made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, you will surely find it here.
Lake Garda offers with its mineral white wine grape Trebbiano di Lugana an excellent grape for the production of high quality white wine but also sparkling wine. The sparkling wine from Lake Garda is fermented in the bottle like champagne, which gives it a great fullness and depth. Winegrowing has a long tradition on Lake Garda and so also red grape varieties belong to the best wines. In addition to red wines, white wines and sparkling wines, the region around Lake Garda also offers the famous Chiaretto. A rosé wine from several grape varieties.
Franciacorta is undoubtedly the sparkling wine region in Italy. It is located near Lake Iseo which lies between Lake Garda and Como with Lake Como. The Franciacorta consists of the grape varieties Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay. It is produced with the Metodo Classico or also called Méthode traditionnelle. The wine is fermented in the bottle, which gives it the typical yeast notes. One of the largest and most important producers in this region is Ca' del Bosco. The house has helped the winegrowing area in the region of Lombardy to international splendour. In Italy and in many other countries, the sparkling wine of the house Ca' del Bosco is on top of the reputation list.