Milan is often thought of as the city of cocktails, mixology and gin&tonic. There is actually - and has been - much more to it than that. Milano loves wine, a national pride, and celebrates it yearlong: a lot of events, meetings and bars where people talk about wine and communicate all its nuances. If you have been around town you will have noticed that there is always something brewing - in every sense - and new types of wine and new fashions are constantly being introduced, with a focus on natural, biological, biodynamic - all words that bet on a sustainable viticulture.
Indeed, wine events are multiplying. Consider Milano Wine week: producers, consortia, wine lovers, all get together on this special occasion. From Bottiglie Aperte to Franciacorta Festival, Milano turns into a wine cult location, as the city divides in six districts dedicated to as many different winemaking unions.
Wine is so much a presence that, not so long ago, an urban winery opened in the Navigli area. Cantina Urbana is a real winery where wine is actually made, from newly harvested grapes. It is produced with a traditional process, bottled on the spot and finally sold to customers. San Colombano wine, produced in San Colombano al Lambro, between the cities of Pavia and Lodi, has enriched the Lombard wine-making catalogue as well, bringing to the general attention the fact that wine-making Lombardy is more than just Franciacorta, Valtellina and Lake Garda. Add to this the rediscovery of Leonardo's vine-garden at Casa degli Atellani and the city can now boast about its own wine as well: there is more to Milano than just aperitivo.