Valtellina Superiore Riserva

Category: Wine – Still – Red
Grape variety: Nebbiolo
Region: Lombardy, Italy
Appellation: Valtellina
Producer: Dirupi
Bottle: 750ml


Vigna Riserva Valtellina Superiore Riserva d.o.c.g. Nebbiolo 100%.

We believe the RISERVA vineyard to be one of the best of our small winery. Of the 4.6 hectares divided into 18 different plots, in terms of the direction it faces, height and ripening of the grapes, this is the one that stands out. It is located between the districts of Sondrio and Montagna in Valtellina in the Grumello zone called Dossi Salati. The plants express an enormous clonal variability, typical of a vineyard that is 80 years old.

The plot consists of 11 small terraces that face south, lying 550 metres above sea level and with slopes of up to 70%. The vines are raised à guyot and soft-pruned. This is the vineyard with which we are most daring. The terrain is what remains of a moraine, with the soil prevalently sandy and with acidic reaction. The yields in 2011 totaled 3500 kg per hectare.

The grape harvest, which is done manually, took place on 18th October (2011), in small 8 kg crates. The winemaking process includes the grape being removed from the stalks and crushed very gently; fermentation takes place in steel with a long maceration (2011) of 36 days. Ageing is effected for 24 months in a single French Allier oak barrel of 20 hectoliters, then in the bottle for a further 12 months prior to going on sale.

Number of bottles produced: 2011 vintage – 2,595 and 44 magnums