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Lombardy is in the north, just under Switzerland, and it is home to Milan and Italy’s major business centers. Lombardy (Lombardia, in Italian) is also the center for what some consider Italy’s best sparkling wines. Though the Veneto has long been known for its prosecco, the Franciacorta DOCG, one of two DOCGs in Lombardy, is famous for its sturdier, elegant, Champagne-style sparkling wines, which are made by metodo classico, the traditional French Champagne-making process requiring two separate fermentations, among other steps. The sparkling wine industry here is relatively young, having started only in the 1960s. But money for Lombardy wineries has come from wealthy regional industrialists, and it has grown quickly. There are nearly 70,000 vineyard acres in Lombardy and it ranks eleventh in terms of production among Italy’s wine regions. There are thirteen DOCs making red and white wines. Chardonnay is the dominant white grape and it is used in many sparkling wines. Red wines are made from Barbera, Bonarda, Lambrusco and Chiavennasca, which is a regional variation of Nebbiolo. Bellavista in Franciacorta is the most famous producer in Lombardy, although the DOC Oltrepo Pavese is also considered to have an excellent terroir. Valtellina, which has a DOCG and DOC, in the far north makes Chiavennasca, which is Nebbiolo.

1998 Ca' del Bosco Rosso del Sebino Maurizio Zanella

2013 Dirupi Valtellina Superiore Riserva

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2011 Nino Negri Valtellina 5 Stelle Sfursat

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N.V. Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Brut Alma

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N.V. Ronco Calino Franciacorta Radijan Rose

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2011 Renato Motalli Valtellina Superiore Valgella

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N.V. Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut Rosé

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2009 Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut Saten

2010 Guido Berlucchi Franciacorta Cellarius

2013 Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut Saten

VN  92   
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2009 Majolini Franciacorta Brut

2012 Adega do Monte Branco Luís Louro

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