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Valtellina (Italy)

A Nebbiolo From The Alps

Valtellina is a red wine from Valtellina in Lombardia.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cranberry
Cranberry
Red Currant
Red
Currant
Rose
Rose
Petals

Violets
Violets
Herbs
Dried
Herbs
Tea
Tea
Truffle
Truffle

Oak added Flavors:

Chocolate
Chocolate
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Valtellina tastes something between Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The aromas are an important part of the consumer enjoyment:

Wild Red Berries. Flowers. Dried Herbs. Chocolate. Coffee. Tea. Tar. Tobacco.

Profile

Valtellina wines have medium body, crisp acidity, and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium Plus
TANNINSMedium Plus
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Risotto
Risotto
Truffle
Truffle
Rabbit
Rabbit
Lamb
Lamb
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Deer

In Lombardia, Valtellina wine is served with Stews and Rich Pasta Dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Lombardian Cuisine.
Mushroom Dishes. Mushroom Pizza.
Pasta. Risotto. Truffle.
Game. Rabbit. Wild Boar.

Cheese:
Mature Cheese. Grana Padano. Parmigiano Reggiano. Pecorino Vecchio.

Lombardian Specialities:
Risotto alla Milanese.
Pizzoccheri (Alpine Fresh Tagliatelle).

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

If You Like Valtellina

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About Valtellina

"A valley surrounded by high and terrible mountains. But they make really powerful wines." was the summary provided by Leonardo da Vinci in his sketch collection "Codice Atlantico".

Valtellina is a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy on the border to Switzerland. It is one of Italy's smallest wine regions, with dramatic high altitude vineyard landscapes, angled as solar panels to the south, on steep slopes and tiny terraces.

Most of the wines in the region are red wines produced on the grape Chiavennasca, a local Nebbiolo varity named after the city Chiavenna.

Italy's greatest grape Nebbiolo, has the local name Chiavennasca in Lombardia, Spanna in northern Piemonte, and Picotener in Val d’Aosta.

Italian DOC(G)

Italian wine labels was introduced in 1963. They were designed to copy the French AOC/AC system.

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) regulates production areas, grape varieties, alcohol levels, and vinification techniques.

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification.

Strict rules defines grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures, barrel and bottle maturation, and tasting procedures. Each bottle must have a numbered government seal.

Valtellina DOC(G)

Valtellina produces 3 categories of Nebbiolo wines: Valtellina Superiore (DOCG), Rosso di Valtellina (DOC), and Sforzato (DOCG).

Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio (IGT) permits the production of red, rosé, white, sparkling, passito, young and late-harvest wines with Lombardy grapes.

DOC 1968
Rosso di Valtellina
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Maximum harvest 10 tonnes/ha
Aged minimum 6 months
Minimum alcohol 11%
DOCG 1998
Valtellina Superiore
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Maximum harvest 8 tonnes/ha
Aged minimum 2 years (3 for Riserva) minimum 1 year in barrel
Minimum alcohol 12%
DOCG 2003
Sforzato di Valtellina
Amarone style dry passito wine
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Aged minimum 20 months between barrel and bottle
Minimum alcohol 14%

Valtellina Superiore DOCG Areas

DOCG villages for Valtellina Superiore are: Grumello, Inferno, Maroggia, Sassella, and Valgella, and the village name is indicated on the label.

If Stagafassli appears on the label, it is not a subzone. It indicates Valtellina Superiore wine aged and bottled in Switzerland, with grapes from Valtellina in Italy.

Grumello

Full bodied rich wines. Fruit driven and aromatic.
This area has deeper soils and more clay.

Inferno

Full bodied powerful wines.
This area is the warmest and produces concentrated wines.

Sassella

Full body. Complex, elegant and rich. Soft tannins.
The soil contains a lot of sassi (large stones)

Valgella

Medium body. Nebbiolo aromas. A bit more tannic.
The soil here is gravelly, well drained, and rich in silica.

Maroggia

Balanced fruity style. Full body. Light tannins. Good acidity.
This district is the smallest of the Valtellina DOCG districts.

Sforzato di Valtellina

The appassimento method (raisinating grapes before vinifying) is an old tradition in northern Italy. Drying concentrates sugar and acid in the grapes.

The Sforzato wine of Valtellina (Sfursat in local dialect) was the first Italian dry red passito with a DOCG status. It is produced from Nebbiolo grapes laid out on straw mats to dry in ventilated cellars known as "fruttai" (fruit stores). After drying, ready for crushing, the grapes have lost 40% of the weight and developed new aromatic flavors.

Just like Sforzato, Amarone, and Valpolicella Ripasso, many Italian wine producers include from 10% to 20% dried grapes in their wines. In Valtellina, some producers use dried grapes in Valtellina Superiore (DOCG).

Valtellina Wine Road

Valtellina Strada del Vino is a 70 km panoramic road through the terraced vineyards where "Nebbiolo delle Alpi" is made.

The road runs from Ardenno to Tirano in the valley.

On the road, there are wineries that provides wine tasting, guided tours, and the possibility to stay overnight, discover traditional dishes "like grandma used to", while drinking local Valtellina wines, and meat the locals who work in the mountains.

Lombardia (Lombardy)

Lombardia, in the north of Italy, is one of the richest regions in Europe.

The capital Milano is the largest metropolitan area in Italy with about 10 million inhabitants.

Lombardia is blessed with spectacular lakes: Como, Maggiore, Garda, and Iseo.

Lombardia has 5 DOCG Regions.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

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