The Wine Regions
The different wine producing areas in the territory give to the wines produced there particular and fascinating organoleptic qualities:
SASSELLA: takes its name from the small church of Sassella ("rock", "cliff") located below the headland of the same name. It is directly west of Sondrio (from Castione Andevenno to the main town of the region), and with its 150 hectares is the second largest of the four DOCG Valtellina Superiore sub-areas. It is one of the most inaccessible areas, but also among the most sunny and well ventilated. The vines are literally torn from the rocks.
GRUMELLO: is the area north-east of Sondrio, taking its name from Grumello Castle, a thirteenth century fortress overlooking the valley. The Brugnola grape, a secondary variety, is prevalent here, and the wines produced have a particular nuance, reminiscent of almonds.
INFERNO: its unusual name probably comes from the very high temperatures that can be reached in the summer in the small terraced vineyards in the rocky gorges of the Sondrio area. It is evident that this is one of the most difficult and inaccessible areas of the Valtellina Superiore region, located just east of Grumello and, with its 68 hectares, is the smallest of the four Valtellina Superiore DOCG sub-areas. The resulting wine is usually, at least when it is young, a little rougher than that produced in other areas.
VALGELLA: its name derives from the Latin "vallicula, Vallicella" and is the largest of the Valtellina Superiore DOCG sub-areas: 162 hectares, from Teglio to Tirano, northeast of Sondrio. Its name is not well known because, due to historical traditions, the wine that is produced here is mainly export to nearby Switzerland. Within this sub-area there is another variety, called FRACIA.
MAROGGIA: this sub-area covers about 25 acres in the foothills of the Berbenno di Valtellina municipality, close to Sassella. Its name derives from the river Maroggia, and its hillsides are well exposed to sunlight.