HOW IS NEBBIOLO FROM VALTELLINA DIFFERENT THAN FROM THE LANGHE?
The list of DOC and DOCG wines made from Nebbiolo in Piemonte is long. These include Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Gattinara, Ghemme etc. Rarely does Nebbiolo have so much power and personality outside of Piemonte. However, the only other main wine regions/appellations known for producing high quality wines from this grape are Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina from Lombardy. In Lombardy the Nebbiolo grape is actually called Chiavennasca. So how does Nebbiolo differ from Valtellina compared to the Langhe in Piemonte?
TERROIR – ALWAYS ABOUT TERROIR!
Barolo DOCG must be coming from an area including 11 villages with 100% Nebbiolo.
Minimum aging requirement is 38 months of which 18 must be in oak.
Barbaresco DOCG must be coming from a small area of just 3 main villages and made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes.
Minimum aging requirement is 26 months of which 9 must be in oak.
Valtellina Superiore DOCG is an area with 5 main sub-zones and made from at least 90% Nebbiolo grapes. Minimum aging requirement is 24 months of which 12 must be in oak.
CLUB VALTELLINA FEATURED – SANDRO FAY
Sandrofay is a family run winery who practices what is called heroic winemaking because of the challenging steep slopes they must work on. Sandro Fay started the winery in 1973 and is now run by his two children.
SANDROFAY VALTELLINA SUPERIORE DOCG RISERVA CARTERIA 2016
From the sub-zone Valgella from the vineyard called Carteria. The wine is aged for 12 months in big barrels and followed by 18 months in the bottle.
We highly recommend wines from this estate!