The Valtellina valley is a real wine-lover's paradise and an unforgettable experience for those who enjoy activity and nature. The vines here grow on steep rocky hills that hang over the Adda river.
The local wine has to adhere to very stringent rules regarding the origin of the grapes, their cultivation, and vinification. The wines must be wholly vinified and aged within the denominated zone.
This red wine is made from Chiavennasca, which is the local name for Nebbiolo, which may if required be supplemented with some Pinot Nero, Merlot, Rossola, Pignola Valtellinese, or Brugnola. There are numerous types of Valtellina depending on the combinations of grapes used yet despite this Valtellina wines can usually be characterised by their typical bright red colour, the subtle bouquet that is characteristic of the area, and a dry taste that may be strongly tannic.Drinking temperature is 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).
This is a special wine from grapes that have been partially dried. This almost orange coloured, powerful sweet wine (minimum alcohol 14.5%), is best with an appropriate dessert. Drink at 42.8-46.4°F (6-8°C) or 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) according to taste.
Only 5% of other grapes may be added to the Chiavennasca (see Valtellina DOC). The colour is ruby to granite red, the nose is strong when young but more subtle with age. The taste is very strong in tannin and acidity in the early years but this mellows and become broader and rounder with maturity. The ordinary wine may not be sold before two years old and the rare Riserva only after four years. Drink at 53 .6-57.2°F (12-14°C) when young up to 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C) when mature.
- VALTELLINA SUPERIORE SASSELLA
- VALTELLINA SUPERIORE INFERNO
- VALTELLINA SUPERIORE GRUMELLO
- VALTELLINA SUPERIORE VALGELLA
|These four wines are all 'crus' of the Valtellina Superiore, meaning they come from rigidly defined areas (Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, and Valgella). These are slightly better than the straightforward Valtellina Superiore, especially the Sassella which is excellent. Drink at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).|