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Balgera Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva

Balgera Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva comes from the largest area of the four “Superiore” wines in Valtellina, i.e. from the Teglio terracings. It is characterized by a ruby-red colour, a strawberry/raspberry bouquet and a dry, harmonious slightly tannic flavour. It is excellent for ageing, is still remarkably fresh and has to be refined in casks for at least three years. It is good with all types of meat, poultry and hard cheese and is excellent with “pizzoccheri”, a traditional dish of this region.

Balgera is a boutique winery located in Chiuro, one of the wine growing villages of Valtellina area, in the region of Lombardy. The winery has a wine history dated back to 1885. Today Paolo Balgera is the 4th generation wine maker. The winery offers classic old world styled highly fragrant Valtellina wines. These wines are made from the Chiavennasca variety, also known as Nebbiolo in Piedmont region.

Valtellina is situated in the Rhaetian Alps, about 60 miles north-east of Milan and is the quintessential mountain wine region. The valley runs almost perfectly east-west, following the course of the Adda River which has scored its path through the hard granite here over many millennia.

This is one of Italy’s most dramatic wine landscapes, matching the mountainous scenery of Alto Adige and the sheer cliff faces of Cinque Terre and the Costa d’Amalfi. Here, near Italy’s border with Switzerland, peaks such as the 12,066ft (3678m) Monte Disgrazia cast their long shadows over the vineyards below. If grapes are to ripen fully here, they must be planted on sunny south-facing slopes, ideally with a westerly aspect.

Most Valtellina vineyards sit at altitudes between 750ft (230m) and 2500ft (765m), on perilously steep slopes such as those over the Alps in Valais. This makes grape harvesting a time-consuming and costly task, as the incline of many vineyards is so pronounced that mechanized harvesting is impossible. Carrying out viticultural labor by hand accounts for roughly 1400 man hours per hectare per year

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