VALCAMONICA IGT

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Brescia started developing its viticulture during the Middle Ages. There are documents dating back earlier than the eleventh century stating the ownership of certain rows of vines. For example, in the papers relating to the Bishop of Brescia’s canteen, there was evidence that he was collecting many dues in the form of wine. Between the 14th and the 15th centuries there was no documentation to prove this type of agriculture, but at the end of the 15th century and particularly in the 16th century viticulture took the place of the declining manufacturing and merchant businesses. During this period Val Camonica was under the rule of the Venetian Republic, which was promoting viticulture, as it was a thriving source of income due to the related taxes. In 1567, some documents attest to a mass-mortality without any definitive cause; in 1705 an abrupt drop in temperature caused all the plants in the north to die, saving only those in lowest area of Val Camonica, thanks to its more mild climate. In 1887 it all came to a halt when phylloxera destroyed all the grapevines. Between the end of the 19th century and the 70s there were two thousand hectares of grapevines. Following the depopulation of the countryside as well as the abandonment of the land there are now only between 130 and 140 hectares of grapevines still existing.

 

Val Camonica is located in the north-eastern part of Lombardy and is the largest valley in the Province of Brescia, with an area of 1,347 sq km. 


Val Camonica IGT wines include white wine, a sweet white passito wine, red wine, Marzemino and Merlot. The white wine and the sweet white passito wine must contain at least 60% Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni and Muller Thurgau grapes. The red wine must contain at least 60% of Marzemino and Merlot grapes. Whereas the Marzemino and Merlot wines should instead contain at least 85% of the corresponding variety. The alcohol percentage ranges from 11.5% for the white and red wines, 12% for the Merlot and Marzemino wines and 14% for the sweet white passito wine. The white wines generally have an intense, slightly fruity aroma, and a subtle, dry flavour given by the acidity. The red wines tend to have balanced features, a strong aroma with an intense flavour consistent with good structure. 

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Brescia started developing its viticulture during the Middle Ages. There are documents dating back earlier than the eleventh century stating the ownership of certain rows of vines. For example, in the papers relating to the Bishop of Brescia’s canteen, there was evidence that he was collecting many dues in the form of wine. Between the 14th and the 15th centuries there was no documentation to prove this type of agriculture, but at the end of the 15th century and particularly in the 16th century viticulture took the place of the declining manufacturing and merchant businesses. During this period Val Camonica was under the rule of the Venetian Republic, which was promoting viticulture, as it was a thriving source of income due to the related taxes. In 1567, some documents attest to a mass-mortality without any definitive cause; in 1705 an abrupt drop in temperature caused all the plants in the north to die, saving only those in lowest area of Val Camonica, thanks to its more mild climate. In 1887 it all came to a halt when phylloxera destroyed all the grapevines. Between the end of the 19th century and the 70s there were two thousand hectares of grapevines. Following the depopulation of the countryside as well as the abandonment of the land there are now only between 130 and 140 hectares of grapevines still existing.

 

Val Camonica is located in the north-eastern part of Lombardy and is the largest valley in the Province of Brescia, with an area of 1,347 sq km. 


Val Camonica IGT wines include white wine, a sweet white passito wine, red wine, Marzemino and Merlot. The white wine and the sweet white passito wine must contain at least 60% Riesling, Incrocio Manzoni and Muller Thurgau grapes. The red wine must contain at least 60% of Marzemino and Merlot grapes. Whereas the Marzemino and Merlot wines should instead contain at least 85% of the corresponding variety. The alcohol percentage ranges from 11.5% for the white and red wines, 12% for the Merlot and Marzemino wines and 14% for the sweet white passito wine. The white wines generally have an intense, slightly fruity aroma, and a subtle, dry flavour given by the acidity. The red wines tend to have balanced features, a strong aroma with an intense flavour consistent with good structure. 

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Pairings

The pairings are classic: white wines go with pasta and light food, fish and vegetables; while the red wines are paired with meats and cheeses as well as with the typical salamis and cold cuts from Val Camonica; Finally, the sweet passito goes with desserts or cheeses. 

Curiosity

The cellars of Val Camonica IGT

East Lombardy is the European region
of gastronomy 2017