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  The Lombardy region has several recognised wine making areas that supply the vast market of Milan with red, white and sparkling.  The wines do not attract the same respect as those of its neighbours Piedmont, Veneto, and Trentino. Nevertheless very good wine is produced, using six main grape varieties.

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Oltrepò Paves  Lombardy’s most important region with a long tradition of excellent wine making,  has only recently acquired international recognition. Traditionally these modestly priced wines have found a willing market in local taverns . The area produces a DOCG sparkling wine from pinot nero (pinot noir) grapes.

The Valtellina DOC zone, in the province of Sondrio, produces some of the most appreciated wines of the Lombardy region. They are based on Chiavannesca, the local name for Nebbiolo. Vines from the southern terraces with a minimum 12% alcohol have obtained DOCG status, Valtellina Superiore DOC wines, are especially good.

Franciacorta with its rich reds and excellent whites, has a big reputation as well as an international market for its high value champagne style sparkling wines. Eighty wineries produce the best of Italian sparkling wine, some have attained the top DOCG merit mark.

DOC wines, such as Cellatica which produces a light red blended wine and Botticino, unknown outside the region are situated close to the city of Brescia, while others like Trebbiano di Lugana, produced on the  shores of  Lake Garda have a small international footprint.

Three other main wine producing areas, create respectable wines such as the Valcalepio DOC in the province of Bergamo. Valcalepio Rosso is produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon  and Merlot. Its white counterpart, Valcalepio Bianco, utilises Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay, - which together must make up at least half of the blend - topped up with  Pinot Grigio.

Lambrusco Mantovano, is produced around Mantova near the border with Emilia-Romagna, lastly comes the tiny San Colombano al Lambro, in the province of Milan.