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Italy, along with France, is one of the largest wine producers in the world, as well as one of the most appreciated. However, if everyone knows the famous Prosecco (even better if biodynamic, like our Alla Costiera Prosecco), it is often confusing to know the other Northern Italian wines: which ones are they and where do they come from?

Northern Italian wines’ regions

Italy is a vast country and, consequently, the production of wine is also remarkable: in 2014 the figures speak of 641,743 hectares of land destined for vineyards, of which 242,572 hectares in the northern regions of Italy. They are enormous numbers, which are divided into various areas of wine (for example the famous Prosecco hills, which have just entered the UNESCO sites), represented in turn by the many varieties of grapes, including some native and unique in the world.

The wines of Northern Italy are among the most known and loved internationally: among these, there are big names like Pinot Gris, Müller Thurgau, Amarone, and the famous Prosecco. Let’s see together the vine varieties region by region and the most important wines:

Veneto

Extension: 79,849 hectares

Varieties: Amarone della valpolicella, Cartizze, Chiaretto del garda, Conegliano valdobbiadene, Custoza, Lessini durello, Lugana, Raboso del piave, Recioto della valpolicella, Soave, Valpolicella, Tai red

Wines: Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, Amarone DOCG, Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Valpolicella DOC, Soave DOC, Prosecco, Bianco di Custoza, Lugana DOC, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tai Rosso, Chiaretto, Bardolino, Moscato Fiori d’Arancio DOCG, Torcolato DOC

Emilia Romagna

Extension: 51.901 hectares

Varieties: Albana di Romagna, Gutturnio, Lambrusco, Pignoletto, Sangiovese

Wines: Lambrusco, Sangiovese, Albana di Romagna, Pagadebit, Centesimino, Trebbiano di Romagna, Pignoletto, Rebola, Ortrugo, Gutturnio DOC

Piedmont

Extension: 47.314 hectares

Varieties: Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, Barolo, Carema, Dolcetto of dogliani, Erbaluce of Caluso, Gattinara, Gavi, Grignolino, Roero Arneis, Roero, Moscato d’Asti

Wines: Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbera del Monferrato, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, Asti Spumante, Dogliani Superiore, Gattinara, Gavi, Roero, Ghemme, Dolcetto d’Acqui, Barbera d’Alba, Grignolino, Moscato, Freisa, Arneis, Brachetto

Friuli Venezia Giulia

Extension: 23.581 hectares

Variety: Collio bianco, Friulano, Malvasia, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Ribolla gialla, Vitovska

Wines: Collio, Refosco, Cabernet, Schioppettino, Picolit, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Verduzzo, Chardonnay, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla

Lombardy

Extension: 22.475 hectares

Varieties: Chiaretto del Garda, Franciacorta, Franciacorta Saten, Lugana, Riesling Oltrepò Pavese, San Colombano al Lambro, Sforzato di Valtellina, Valtellina Superiore

Wines: Franciacorta Spumante DOCG, Sfursat di Valtellina, Valtellina Superiore, Lambrusco di Mantova, Oltrepò Pavese Pinot Nero DOCG, Lugana, San Colombano, Rosso di Valtellina, Riesling Renano, Moscato di Scanzo

Trentino Alto Adige

Extension: 15,491 hectares

Variety: Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Riesling, Schiava, Trento brut, Teroldego Rotaliano, Vin Santo del Trentino

Wines: Teroldego, Merzemino, Lagrein, Schiava, Lagrein Kretzer, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muller Turgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Nosiola, Moscato Giallo, Kerner, Aromatic Traminer, Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Spumante Metodo Classico

Liguria

Extension: 1,535 hectares

Variety: Cinque terre sciacchetrà, Ormeasco di Pornassio, Pigato, Rossese di Dolceacqua, Vermentino

Wines: Vermentino, Bianco delle Cinque Terre, Sciacchetrà, Bianchetta Genovese, Ciliegiolo, Rossese, Pigato

Valle d’Aosta

Extension: 436 hectares

Variety: Blanc de Morgex and de la salle, Fumin

Wines: Nus, Blanc de Morgex and de la salle, Chambave, Arnad-Montjovet, Donnas, Valle d’Aosta DOC, Torrette, Avrier

The best natural Northern Italian wines on Natural Vine

Now that you know the Northern Italian wine names and grape varieties, you might want to try them all. You can start from here: on our e-commerce there are some outstanding Northern Italian wines for sale, just select the country in the menu at the left side of the page and start your tasting trip!

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