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Since it was born in 1989, Conti Sertoli Salis have been one of the most prestigious and leading wineries in Valtellina.

The company is located in Tirano, where there are both the modern production plant and the refinement cellars, dating back to the XVII century.

Since it was born in 1989, Conti Sertoli Salis have been one of the most prestigious and leading wineries in Valtellina.

The new building - inaugurated in 2003 - is just a few hundred meters from Palazzo Salis The terraced Salis vineyards (historical headquarters) and allowed the company to increase production capacity and introduce more modern technology for the winemaking (such as some refrigerated pyramidal inox tanks with double walls), the bottling line (through an innovating system of vacuum packed corking) and the warehouse.

The seventeenth century ancient cellars in Palazzo Salis, dug out of the rocks, host the wines meant for long aging in barrels and barriques, and their subsequent refinement in bottles.

Actually the name of the family, Conti Sertoli Salis, has been related to fine wines for over 400 years, as mid of the 17th century they used to supply fine wines to local noblemen, the bishop of Chur and the court of emperor Leopold I of Hapsburg in Austria.

Conti Sertoli Salis purchase the grapes from local farmers whose vineyards and yield are completely under the agronomical control of the winery.

The terraced vineyards range on the slopes of the Rhaetic Alps along 50 kilometers and are located at 600-650 meters above sea level.
The constant flow of warm air from nearby Lake Como and the brightness of the mountain sunlight create an ideal microclimate for the cultivation of the vines.

Due to the location and the nature of the vineyards, the whole growing process is manual, as is the harvest; in some cases it takes up to 30 minutes walking uphill to arrive to destination.

In respect of traditional viticulture in the area, Conti Sertoli Salis went through a historical and technical research, thus enhancing the survival of some ancient autoctone grape varietals and old vinification methods.

Here the Nebbiolo grapes (locally called Chiavennasca) find the right environment to develop their potential with an incredible elegance and subtlety.

Since the 2006 harvest Vittorio Fiore and Barbara Tamburini have been in charge of the winemaking, so they have the burden and the honour of “signing” the prestigious labels.

The winery produces wines according to the main appellations foreseen by the regional disciplinary: this includes some very important wines that stand out for their high quality and uniqueness.

The Palazzo Salis Cellars Besides the traditional Valtellina DOC and DOCG ( among which Rosso di Valtellina, IGT Chiavennasca white nebbiolo, Valtellina Superiore Sassella, Inferno e Grumello), Conti sertoli Salis produce a wide range of high quality wines that take their names from the decorated rooms and different parts of Palazzo Salis: Canua sforzato ( best red wine in Lombardy with 2002 vintage and with many awards from the main guides), the Valtellina Superiore Capo di Terra ( late harvest) and Corte della Meridiana (made according to an ancient vinification method called “rinforzo”: it consists of adding to the fresh must some dried grapes left on straw mats for drying for about 3 weeks) , the Saloncello (IGT Terrazze Retiche di sondrio) and two white wines: Torre Della Sirena (obtained by Nebbiolo (chiavennasca), Rossola and Pignola – local red skin grapes vinified as white) and Chiavennasca (100% nebbiolo vinified as white)

Two new wines have been recently added to the actual range: Baccalitt ( a fresh red wine ideal for everyday meal and obtained by local and international grape varietals grown in the valley) and the prestigious Sforzato Feudo dei Conti, a top range “sforzato” only produced in the best harvests, with a very accurate grape selection.

Sales are mainly concentrated on the Italian market (70%) but the winery is aiming at increasing its shares on the foreign market (today 30% among Switzerland, USA, Canada, Scandinavia, and Far East)

90% of sales go through the, and a small part is made of private consumers (directly buying at the winery).

Conti Sertoli Salis also produce some Valtellina specialty food products with the brand “Alta Valtellina”.

This includes fruit jams and different kinds of honey (also mixed with nuts) to taste with aged cheese, a chestnut cream, “pizzoccheri” (a buckwheat pasta) tagliatelle (pasta) with sforzato Canua) the typical valtellina cake with nuts, currant-raisins and dried figs. The packaging for the jams, honeys etc. is very unique: they come in an exagonal glass jar with a wood top.

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