The wine regions of Lombardy, Aosta Valley, Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria can be found in Northern Italy. This diverse region finds vineyards in the shadows of the Alps and Apennines, in the valleys of the Po River, along the temperate Italian Riviera, and the Adriatic Sea to the East. The vineyards, first cultivated by the Romans and influenced heavily by the French, lend to the production of impressive single varietal wines.
Found in this distinct region is one of the most famous of Italian wines, the Barolo. This region is also home to Spumante, or sparkling wines, of Asti. Lambrusco is produced in the central Emilia-Romagna region, with Soave and Valpolicello produced in the Veneto. Northern Italy produces more DOC and DOCG wines than any other Italian wine region.