Italy's northwest region, Lombardy offers spectacular views of unspoiled wine lands.
Famous for its production of wine from the time of Ancient Rome, Lombardy region has vineyards at territories like Franciacorta and Valtellina. Those seeking the very best of bubbly wines would find them at Franciacorta. You can enjoy the taste of various bubbly wines with a fantastic wine tasting tour close to the picturesque view of nearby Lake Iseo. Sample bubbly wines like Franciacorta DOCG or dry red or white wines like Terre di Franciacorta DOC, Rosso and Bianco. Franciacorta DOCG being an ultra-premium is rather expensive, but the taste with its bubbly appearance that is similar to that of champagne makes it worthwhile.
Those who adore the combination of history, medieval charm and great tasting white wines should visit Lugane. Apart from its various castles, Lugane boasts one of Lombardy's most breathtaking views and a prestigious wine estate, Cà dei Frati, a place where you can take delight in invigorating white wines. If you are a lover of red wine, don't miss a wine tasting tour in Valtellina.
Nino Negri and Triacca are two places where you can sample powerful red wines, Sforzato di Valtellina and Valtellina Superiore, which are made from the local Chiavennasca grapes. Another thing about visiting Valtellina is its vineyards, which are mostly on steep hillsides that are properly terraced.
Before you leave Lombardy, do make it a point to sample the "Blood of Judas" or Sangue di Giuda, which is a slightly sweet, local red wine at Oltrepò Pavese. Some of Lombardy's traditional foods are Minestrone, polenta, salami rabbit, risotto and Cassoeula. Risotto alla Milanese, which appears yellow because of saffron, is one of the most famous risotto dishes in Lombardy. Ossobuco alla Milanese, a braised veal shank dish, is another famous dish. Some of the region's famous cheeses are Gorgonzola, which has blue veins, Robiola and Taleggio.