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Terre del Colleoni

DOC area (also Colleoni) for white and red wines in the Italian region of Lombardy. The zone was only created in 2011 and includes over 70 municipalities in the province of Bergamo. The name is a tribute to the ancient noble family of the Colleoni in Bergamo. Wine growing here dates back to the Etruscan period. Julius Caesar (100-44 B.C.) is said to have appreciated Bergamo wine when he and his legions passed through this area. There are further reports about this from Pliny the Elder (23-79) and Petrus de Crescentiis (1230-1320)

The pure variety wines are made from at least 85% of the respective variety and, if necessary, a maximum of 15% of other approved varieties. The white wines are Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni(Manzoni Bianco), Moscato Giallo(Gold Muscatel) - also as Passito, Pinot Bianco(Pinot Blanc) and Pinot Grigio(Pinot Gris). The red wines are Cabernet(Cabernet Sauvignon), Franconia (Blaufränkisch), Incrocio Terzi(Incrocio Terzi 1), Marzemino, Merlot and Schiava(Schiava Lombarda)

A Frizzante can be produced with all the above mentioned types of wine. A Spumante is however only possible with the wine types Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio. And a Novello is permitted for the Cabernet, Franconia, Incrocio Terzi and Merlot wine types. In addition, there is a special spumante, which is fermented with the Metodo classico(bottle fermentation) in any use of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, Incrocio Manzoni and Pinot Grigio and matured on the yeast for 15 months. The Millesimato version (vintage Spumante) has to mature for 24 months. A special Novello is produced using any of the authorised red varieties (but excluding Schiava varieties and Marzemino).

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