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Lombardy/Valtellina

Milan is Italy's wine trade metropolis. Lombardy may not have made a name for itself for quality wines, but it produces the largest volume of spumante by the méthode champenoise.

History, geography and wines

This ancient wine region is served by Milan as the centre of the Italian wine trade. Lombardy is a region of contrasts, with the inaccessible Alps in the north and the Po Valley in the south.
Valtellina mainly grows light red wines. The best are called Superiore (which means they have a high alcohol content) followed by Grumello, Inferno or Sassella, indicating where they come from. The best wines come from lakeland areas between Bergamo and Verona. The Franciacorta DOCG region is known for spumante made by the classic method.

Grape varieties

Reds: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca), Barbera, Pinot noir. Whites: Riesling, Pinot blanc, Pinot grigio, Garganega.

Producers

Mostly small family businesses.
  • Vineyard area and production volume: About 26 000 hectares, some 1.5 million hectolitres per year.

Popular wines from Lombardy and Valtellina