The suggestive Valtellinese landscape embedded with terraces of vines tells the history of wine dating back for centuries: historically produced for self-consumption, to then going on to becoming a thriving environment for beverage trade and commerce.

Today it is an agro-food excellence sealed with the Community trade marks DOCG, DOC and IGT.

Along 2,500km of dry stone walls that stretch along the foot of the Alps, along the vineyard terraces of Valtellina, expert and passionate winegrowers cultivate the grapes that, after the late harvesting of October, are vinified to produce fine and elegant red wines, full of big personalities.

Various wines are produced from the Nebbiolo grape, locally called Chiavennasca: Sforzato (or Sfursat) of Valtellina DOCG (the first
Italian red ‘passito’ to achieve this certification), Valtellina Superiore DOCG, with the sub-areas Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella and Rosso di Valtellina DOC – all of which are all ready to drink.

Reds that need to be savoured slowly, revealing their delightfully unexpected scents and aromas, hard to forget.

Last but not least, Alpi Retiche IGT wines which include red, rose, white, sparkling, passito, young wine and vendemmia tardiva (late harvested) wine. Alpi Retiche IGT presents a range that offers interesting choice.

Valtellina is the largest vineyard terraced area in Italy.

Rich in biodiversity and variability in terms of geologic, morphologic, climate and environment.

Nebbiolo from the Alps is one of the undisputed players of Valtellina.

Elegant fine wines originating from ancient traditions. Today renown world-wide and celebrated all over the world.

The consortium of protection of wines of Valtellina.

Founded in 1976, the only Italian consortium to bear two Denominazioni di Origine Controllata and Garantita (DOCG) (Translated: Controlled Designation of Origin and Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin). They overlap in territory and wine grape variety for both the Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG wine and for Valtellina Superiore DOCG. The main wine grape variety for both wines is Nebbiolo.
The other names of the territory are ‘Rosso di Valtellina PDO (DOC) and Alpi Retiche PGI.
The purposes of the Consortium also include the aspects tightly linked to the territory, as the Fondazione Provinea institute demonstrates, for the safeguard of the Valtellinese vineyard terraces, or the commitment to encourage the younger generations to conserve the Valtellina wine-making culture, safeguarding a remarkable heritage, including in environmental terms.

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Wines of Valtellina

The Sforzato di Valtellina, a dry red passito wine, is the result of careful selection of the best Nebbiolo grapes that, once harvested, are immediately left for about three months on hay-drying racks in a “fruttaio” (a well-aired dry room). The Sforzato di Valtellina wine has a dark garnet colour with intense flavours and aromas – excellent vino da meditazione (stop and slow down wine!) and is the perfect partner for Alpine cheese and tasty meat.

The Valtellina Superiore wine is produced with grapes grown between Berbenno and Tirano divided into five sub-areas: Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella. Valtellina Superiore is the perfect companion for red meat, wild game, tasty cold cuts and matured cheese.

Il Rosso di Valtellina DOC is a table wine, bright red in colour, dry with different aroma, colour and flavour nuances.
Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio IGT wines include red, rose, white, sparkling, passito, young and late harvested wine produced from various vine varieties.

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