Lombardy is a substantial wine-producing region and the municipality of San Colombano al Lambro is home to the only DOC wine produced in Province of Milan.
This wine-growing area, a 40 km drive from Milan, vaunts a privileged position atop one of the very few hills nestled in the flat of the Po Valley, straddling the border between the Pavia and Lodi provinces.
The origins of San Colombano as a wine-producing region date back more than a millennium and, tradition has it that, the hill is named in honour of an Irish missionary, Saint Columbanus, who came to Italy and settled in this area in the sixth century.
He most probably instigated the local viticulture to provide for his order’s holy rituals and was led by the knowledge of the agronomic works of the classics which the scribes chronicled on parchments.
There are two types of San Colombano DOC: