The Valgella, Nebbiolo di Valtellina
The two slopes of the Valtellina have very different characteristics, which are immediately visible. The Orobic slope, which separates the Adda Valley from the Bergamo area, abounds in shady woods, almost always with snowy peaks above. The Rhaetian slope, on the border with Switzerland, is dominated by vineyards on terraces stretching for around 40 km. On this slope, in fact, illuminated by the midday sun, over 2,500 km of dry stone walls wind their way in a huge labyrinth, amid rocks, heather and small villages. In a difficult setting, over millennia, man has made wine growing possible, completely redesigning the slopes of the mountain. The terraces, supported by dry stone walls, have thus become the ideal terrain for vineyards capable of producing precious wines. For this reason, in 2018 Unesco declared the dry stone walls of the Valtellina a World Heritage Site and in 2020 the terraces were entered on the Register of Historical Rural Landscapes.