Wines of Lombardia

Sunset over vineyards and Montalto Pavese castle in the background in Lombardia, Italy

Italy's richest region, Lombardy (or Lombardia in Italian), is prime grape growing territory thanks to the Alps in the north and the banks of Lake Garda in the west. Although there are 22 DOC and five DOCG areas in Lombardy, most of the wine grown there is drank locally and not exported.

The region's most noble wine is Franciacorta – a DOCG sparkling wine made in the traditional method. Some people refer to it as Italy's answer to Champagne.

Franciacorta wines have to spend a minimum of 18 months on their lees – this rises to 2.5 years for vintage wines, and 5 years for Riserva wines. This sophisticated bubbly often has notes of light citrussy lemon combined with flavours of toasted nuts, brioche and dried fruit which develop during bottle ageing on the lees.

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