Discovering Vini di Valtellina – Chiavennasca – the Nebbiolo of the Alps
Far in the north of Italy’s Lombardia region, tucked between the Rhaetian Alps of Switzerland and the Orobiche Alps in Italy, you find the east-west valley of Valtellina. Here, the Adda River flows from the Swiss Alps through the Valtellina Valley and then out to the west into Lake Como, past Milan, and eventually to the Po River.
The Alps protect this region from storms. The rain shadow that is caused means they receive less than 900 millimeters of rain annually.
The valley’s north side, which gets the southern exposure, has terraces of vines planted to catch the light. Vineyards here are steep.