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Following the riders through their last stages, 16-21, we will be exploring the regions of Lombardia, Trentino, Veneto, and Friuli.
The region of Lombardia is smack dab in the heart of northern Italy. And it comes as no surprise, Lombardia being one of Italy’s largest regions that it is home to one of biggest cities as well. Geographically, Lombardia is in the perfect place to make a diverse and wide range of wine styles from both native and foreign grape varietals. Its beautiful climate is also responsible. Lombardia is best known for, at the end of the day, for its red Valtellina and sparkling Franciacorta.
Just bordering Lombardia is the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. This region is best known for their iconic Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco. Their Pinot Grigio makes up over 20% of all wine production in the area. Compared to an American Pinot Grigio the Trentino-Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is more acidic and with less fruit flavors that some would expect. But if traveling to this great region of Italy, it’s definitely advised you take a nice swirl and sip of their Pinot Grigio’s.
In the last stages, we will hit the regions of Veneto and Friuli. Veneto is a much smaller wine region compared to Tuscany, Lombardia, and Piedmont but its size does not decrease its importance. Veneto is known for its intense and formidable red wines such as Valpolicella, Amarone, and sweet Recioto! Meanwhile, Friuli is famous for producing impressive white wines. Claimed to be some of the best in all of Italy!