Wine is just one of the many reasons of pride of this region. Grapes and territory go hand in hand in Lombardy for centuries. Noble and ancient populations such as the Etruscans and the Ligurians contributed to the development of Lombard viticulture, probably due to the introduction of terraces in Valtellina, which in fact are very reminiscent of those found in the Cinque Terre.
MAIN REGION WINES
Barbera wine contends with Sangiovese the most widely grown dark berry palm in Italy, with over 50,000 hectares planted. Among the regions in which it is more widespread, in addition to Piedmont and Emilia Romagna, there is undoubtedly Lombardy in particular in the Oltrepo ‘Pavese, where it enters the composition of “historic” wines such as Barbacarlo, Sangue di Giuda, Buttafuoco and Frecciarossa.
The Cabernet wine together with the Merlot holds the scepter of the main international red grape variety, due to the wide diffusion it has in all the vineyard lands of the world. In reality, under the same name there are two genetically different varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, both, like Merlot, originating from the South-West of France.
It is one of the so-called “international” vines due to the widespread distribution it has in all the vineyard lands of the globe, even if its origin is declaredly French. The Chardonnay is cultivated a little everywhere in Lombardy even if it sees a significant concentration in Franciacorta, where it is fundamental base for the classic method of the territory.
The Chiavennasca wine has profoundly marked the viticultural history of the Valtellina even if it comes from another region: it is definitively established that it is a sub-variety of Nebbiolo, whose origins are to be found in the Langhe area. The diffusion area remains circumscribed on the borders of Valtellina, where the variety is at the base of the wines of the Valtellina Superiore DOCG and of the more extended Valtellina Doc, which includes the Sforzato type, produced with dried grapes.
In the Oltrepo area it is commonly called Bonarda. In addition to Oltrepo, it is also used in the nearby Piacenza hills and in Piedmont. In any case, Lombardy remains the privileged territory in which it holds the palm of the largest area planted with vines.
The origin is clearly sought in the South-West of France, particularly in the Bordeaux area, where together with the Cabernet it forms the original cut of the prestigious wines of the French region. The name probably derives from the “blackbird”, “merlo” in Italy, a dark-colored bird that seems to particularly like the taste of this grape.
- Moscato di Scanzo
The production area of this vine is located around the municipality of Scanzorosciate (Prov. Bergamo). The success of this little wine came in 2002 with the establishment of the DOC Moscato di Scanzo. Most of the current facilities can be found in the narrow hilly area that separates Seriate village from the Seriana Valley, in rows placed at about 300 meters above sea level.
- PINOT NERO
Pinot Noir is also considered one of the “international” vines due to the wide distribution it has in all the viticultural regions of the world. In Lombardy the spread of Pinot Noir is particularly concentrated in Oltrepo ‘Pavese and in Franciacorta where it is combined with Chardonnay in the Classic Method cuvés.
Riesling is one of the most cultivated varieties in the world, capable of maintaining in every territory those aromatic characteristics that have always distinguished it and made it appreciated by winemakers. In the area of the Oltrepo ‘Pavese area is contended in the vineyards with Italic Riesling, always showing its difference and “organoleptic superiority”: the wines produced with the two varieties differ greatly in aromas and quality.
- RED GRAPE VARIETY
- WHITE GRAPE VARIETY
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