Valtellina is one of Italy’s most dramatic and least explored wine regions. Located in an alpine valley on the border between Lombardia, Italy and Switzerland. The production of Valtellina wines extends for about 820 hectares which include DOC and DOCG production subzones. The geographic variability of Valtellina, the microclimates and the landscape have permitted the recognition of 5 distinguished subzones from west to east which transmit different personalities to the wines: Maroggia, Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella. Valtellina’s most famous wine is the Sforzato di Valtellina also known as Sfursat.
Your Living City was invited to a Valtellina wine tasting here in Stockholm where we selected a few wines worth trying that you can find and purchase here in Sweden.
MR72 Sassella, La Spia
Tasting Notes: Ruby red colour, rich and fruity bouquet, silky on the palate, engaging and elegant with a slight balsamic note. It has great ageing capabilities.
Recommended food: Red and white meats like beef, lamb, deer, poultry.
Systembolaget number: 95610
Sfursat, Carlo Negri
Tasting Notes: Medium ruby red. Concentrated, complex bouquet with notes of ripe berry fruits, cyclamen and spices like black pepper and cinnamon. Dry on the palate, with beautiful dark primary fruit with firm tannins that are tart when young. Further on, full-bodied, persistent, with a long finish and subtle hints of cloves and liquorice.
Recommended food: Red meats, poultry, mild game dishes.
Systembolaget number: 75529
Ronco del Picchio Sforzato di Valtellina, Sandro Fay
Tasting Notes: Ruby red with garnet inflections. The color is deep, like the perfume. Reminiscent of ripe cherries, strawberries, morello cherries, green tea and dark chocolate. It persuades with a soft and enveloping body, finished by the tannic contrast of great elegance. Very fresh and pleasantly savoury, it paints the picture of the mountain lands.
Recommended food: Red meat risotto, cheese platter, pasta with red meat, grilled meats.
Systembolaget number: 53939
Sfursat 5 Stelle, Nino Negri
Tasting Notes: It is characterised by an intense and deep garnet red color. The nose opens with a rich and very complex bouquet, with elegant hints of raspberry and violet, enriched with pleasant spicy coffee. On the palate it is concentrated, pleasantly powerful, with an extraordinary base of ripe blackberries and spices. The wine has a full, abundant and persistent finish.
Recommended food: Grilled red meat, it is ideal in combination with game and aged cheeses.
Systembolaget number: 51816
Valtellina Superiore, La Spia
Tasting Notes: The wine has a wonderfully clear, ruby red color and in the aroma there is a bouquet of red berries, spicy and sweet notes of cinnamon and some leather notes. The wine is elegant in taste with clear tannins, nice freshness and a long finish.
Recommended food: Creamy pasta, great with game and aged cheeses.
Systembolaget number: 78099