Wine from Lombardy
The wine region Lombardy in the north of Italy with the capital Milan borders in the north on the Swiss border, whereby Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore partly have their coasts on Italian soil. In addition, Lombardy borders 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 production 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 mature to their full aroma. On the other hand, the region around the upper Italian lakes such as 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 region with the small winery Castello degli Angeli. The Vergani family is also originally from the city of Bergamo and thus has a special connection with Lombardy. But what makes Lombardy special are its sparkling wines Franciacorta from Lake Iseo and the sparkling wines made from Trebbiano di Lugana from Lake Garda. Both areas also produce great red wines from 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. At the state level, it belongs to Lombardy, but the region is so unique that it has its own wine category. Cultivated in the Alpine region is mainly Nebbiolo. 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. It is a strong wine with a structure similar to Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, but with the elegance of Nebbiolo grapes. But also the undried version Valtellina Superiore DOCG captivates with its power and its own unique style.
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 fact that makes Bergamo so exciting. The fact that great Lombard wines come from this region, shows impressively the winery Castello degli Angeli. 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 from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, you will certainly find it here.
Lake Garda with its mineral white wine grape Trebbiano di Lugana offers an excellent grape for the production of high quality white wine but also sparkling wine. Lake Garda sparkling wine is fermented in the bottle like champagne, which gives it great richness and depth. Viticulture has a long tradition on Lake Garda and so red grape varieties are also among 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 made 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. Franciacorta is made from Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay grapes. It is produced with the Metodo Classico or also called Méthode traditionnelle. In this process, 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 wine-growing area in the Lombardy region to international glory. In Italy and in many other countries, the sparkling wine of the house Ca' del Bosco is at the top of the list of fame.