2018 Arpepe Rosso di Valtellina
The Perego family has been tending vines on these sheer granite terraces in the mountainous Valtellina since 1860. The vines are so far north into the alps they are practically in Switzerland.
They work only with Nebbiolo, or Chiavennasca as it is called in these parts, growing the grapes up to 700 metres above sea level on sheer, south-facing, sunlit vines that dig straight into rock. The resulting fruit is intensely mineral.
Nebbiolo from the mountains of Valtellina, such an unusual Lombardia valley were Mediterranean mixes with the Alps. Wine of texture, elegance and complexity but lightness.
- Giorgio De Maria
Where: Valtellina, IT
How: Drink it with fresh focaccia and pasta of your choice