One of the pleasures of a trip to Milan is sampling the local produce and cuisine, including Milan’s local wines. Milan is situated in the Lombardy region of Italy which includes several wine regions on the edge of the Alps and around the lakes.
Lombardy’s wine regions
Lombardy is known as an industrial region, and wine is not one of its most prominent industries. The region’s wines are often overshadowed by other Italian wines, even local Milanese will more often opt for wines from elsewhere in Italy. It is not clear why this is the case, as the Lombard climate is favourable for wines and there are several good varieties to be sampled.
Best known Lombard wines
The region of Vatellina close to Lake Como produces a red wine called Nebbiolo or Chiavennasca.
Around Altrepo Pavese, Pinot Nero is produced.
Along Lake Iseo, Franciacorta is produced. This sparkling wine is one of Lombardy’s best known wines and is similar to Champagne.
White wine lovers can enjoy Lombard Pinot Bianca and chardonnay.
Where to enjoy the wines
Lombard wines will be served in many restaurants and bars across Milan, and sipping a glass of the local wine while sitting in one of Milan’s piazzas or restaurant terraces is a lovely way to end a busy day’s shopping and sight-seeing in Milan. One place you will definitely be able to sample the local wine is at Enoteca Duomo 21, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a place that boasts a list of 7000 Italian wines. Holders of a MilanoCard can even enjoy a free drink with their City Pass.
If you find a wine that you particularly enjoy, do not forget to buy some to take away with you. It is the perfect way to remember your trip and makes an excellent gift for others.