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Lombardy

Italy’s fashion and finance capital also makes noteworthy wines, although they can be more difficult to come by outside of the country.

Near the Swiss border, Nebbiolo grows on Alpine terraces in the Valtellina DOC and Valtellina Superiore DOCG.  The higher elevation and cooler climate means the wines have higher acidity than Barolo.  Aromas of cherries, currant and herbs combine with the lively acidity and well rounded tannins.  An Amarone-style Nebbiolo called Sforzato is also also produced in here.

Italy’s answer to Champagne, Franciacorta DOCG, is made just east of Milan from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes. Like Champagne there are white and rose versions, the second fermentation happens in the bottle, and the wine is aged for an extended period on the lees to gain complexity.

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