Valtellina, situated at the foot of the alps on Italy's border with Switzerland, is one of the smallest and least well-known of Italy's wine regions. It is also surely amongst the most dramatic and extreme in the world. The vineyards consist of small terraced plots, supported by dry stone walls and perched on the side of the precipitously steep valley walls.
The principle grape variety is Chiavennasca (meaning "more winey" in the local dialect), a local type of Nebbiolo. The wines are to their relations in Piemonte but they are in general slightly lighter, higher in acidity and bit more earthy and smokey in favour profile.
We were recommended this producer by a London-based sommelier originally from the region and we are eternally grateful to her. This wine, their basic Rosso di Valtellina, is smoky and slightly gamey on the nose and this gives way to a delicious palate of crunchy, juicy red cherry with fabulous concentration. Literally mouthwatering.