Map of Veletov for The world-class sparkling wine produced in the hills of the Franciacorta between Bergamo and Brescia has made its name in recent years using the metodo classico of the French Champagne region. Although the elegant, bubbly Cuv e (C del Bosco and Bellavista are two of the best) is the most renowned product of this area, velvety reds and well-perfumed whites are also worth trying (usually labelled Terre di Franciacorta). For a very different type of sparkling wine, try the slightly fizzy red Bonarda from the little-known Oltrop Pavese region, across the Po River south of Pavia. In the east of the lakes region, around the southern and eastern shores of Lake Garda, light reds and aromatic whites admirably accompany local lake fish and risottos; Bardolino and Bianco di Custoza are names to look out for, along with the DOC labels of Garda Classico, Lugana and San Martino della Battaglia. Recioto di Soave and Soave Superiore from around Verona are some of the oldest types of wine hereabouts, with evidence of their cultivation dating back to the fifth century. The wine’s deep yellow colour and honey bouquet make the perfect partner for a slice of local pandoro. The Valpolicella district, north of Verona, produces some of northern Italy’s best-known red wines. On the south-facing mountain slopes in the north of Lombardy, the Valtellina Superiore (divided into the different geographic zones of Sassella, Inferno, Grumello and Valgella) cultivates the Nebbiola grape (known here as Chiavennasca), creating strong red wines with a characteristic perfume that perfectly complement the mountain meats and salamis of the area. The media The decentralized press of Italy and Switzerland serves to emphasize the strength of regionalism in the countries. Map of Veletov 2016.
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