The red wines of Valtellina are the best calling card of a unique territory, rich in tradition.
The terracings where Nebbiolo vines are grown make for unique views of the Rhaetian mountains on which they are carved.
Orientated from West to East and thanks to the presence of rocks in close contact with the vines, the terracings develop a unique and ideal microclimate which, according to the different sub-areas, gives each wine characteristic olfactory and sensory specifications.
These works fruits of ingenuity and hard work of local farmers allow for the cultivation of an impervious and otherwise scarcely productive territory.
The Nebbiolo is one of the most prestigious vine varieties in the world, it allows the production of high quality aged wines but it needs to be grown under particular climatic conditions.
Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG
One of the finest wines of Valtellina is the first Italian dry red passito wine that in 2003 earned the DOCG recognition.
Fruit of the processing of the best grapes chosen individually to dry in the “fruit cellars” until they lose up to 40% of their weight with the consequent concentration of the juice. Following aging and fining in wood barrels and bottle for 20 months.
Organoleptic characteristics: bright red colour that can tend to garnet with aging. Dry to the taste, warm, velvety, with a strong aromatic vein. Subtle and persistent scent, very characteristic; it may present notes of dried grapes and, in some productions, dried plum.
Pairings: excellent as a meditation wine, it also goes well with alpine cheeses and savoury meats.
Minimum alcohol content: 14%
Valtellina Superiore DOCG
Wines that bear this denomination are produced by vineyards located in the area between Berbenno and Tirano.
Any form of forced growth is strictly prohibited for this production.
Vinification and fining can take place within the territories included in the area of production, with a 24 months aging, at least 12 of which in wooden barrels. For certain vintages, aged for 36 months, the “reserve” qualification is allowed.
The Valtellina Superiore DOCG can also bear denominations of five other sub-areas of production: Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno, Valgella.
Organoleptic characteristics: ruby red color tending towards garnet. Dry to the tastes, slightly tannic, velvety, harmonic and characteristic. Subtle perfume, persistent, characteristic.
Pairings: ideal for braised meats, stews, roasts, game and aged hard cheeses such as Bitto and Casera and especially with the classic Pizzoccheri.
Minimum alcohol content: 12%
Valtellina Red DOC
It presents the same features of the DOCG regarding the vine and the production areas, this is a medium-bodied wine to be consumed within a year of production, or if aging in case it presents a fuller body.
There are no major differences between the to the various production subzones.
Organoleptic characteristics: bright red colour when young, it takes on garnet reflections with ageing. Dry to the taste and slightly tannic. Subtle fragrance, persistent, characteristic.
Pairings: ideal for the whole meal.
Minimum alcohol content: 11%
Terrazze Retiche Di Sondrio IGT
The IGT denomination allows producers to expand their range of wines to rosés, white, sparklings and novello.
These new varieties are enjoying growing success among wine lovers and all are worth trying.