Barbacan Valtellina Superiore Valgella, Livel 'Vecchie Viti' 2017Barbacan
Valtellina is one of Italy’s smallest wine regions and has been producing wine for more than 2000 years. Located in the far north of Lombardy, near the Swiss border, this east to west valley provides perfect exposure with its south facing mountain range on the northern banks of the Adda river. The tiny region produces beautiful wines from Nebbiolo with a distinctly alpine feel.
Barbacan, founded and managed by Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo, farms seven hectares in the village of San Giacomo di Teglio. Here the narrow, terraced vineyards cling to incredibly steep slopes that require what locals call “heroic viticulture.” The Segas follow a traditional path, painstakingly working the vines organically by hand. During harvest, the grapes are carried down a network of trails and stairs using small crates strapped to their backs.
In the cellar, the intervention is minimal. The wines ferment spontaneously, a long gentle extraction is employed, and no sulphur is added until bottling. The Valgella Superiore wines are aged in a combination of large oak casks and concrete tanks for two years.The resulting wines are wonderfully pure and bright with ripe red cherries, minerals, and fine tannins.
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