Valtellina Superiore DOCG

Region: Lombardia


History: Established as a DOC in 1968; became a DOCG in 1998

Vineyard Area: 329 ha / 813 acres (2019)

Production: 13,750 hl / 152,700 cases (5-year average)

Principal Red Grape Varieties:

Styles and Wine Composition

  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (locally Chiavennasca) + OANRG
  • Riserva (Rosso)

Subzones and Other Geographic Terms

  • Grumello
  • Inferno
  • Maroggia
  • Sassella
  • Valgella

Note: Stagafassli is a term that may appear on the label, but it is not a subzone. It indicates Valtellina Superiore wine that is bottled across the border in Switzerland; it may also be aged in the towns of Brusio and Poschiavo, Switzerland. The wine and grapes still come from the Italian Valtellina, though. It can’t be labeled with one of the five subzones, even if the vineyards otherwise qualify, because the bottling is not done in the subzone, nor can it be designated as riserva.

Significant Production Rules

  • Minimum alcohol level: 12.0%
  • Aging: For Superiore, minimum 2 years, including 12 months in barrel (ERD = December 1, V+2); for Riserva, minimum 3 years (ERD = December 1, V+3)

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