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VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

by TomHill » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:41 pm

A rather interesting article, if fairly basic, about Nebbiolo in the Valtelline:
Helicopters/Valtelline by StacySlinkard (who she?)
and how NinoNegri is using helicopters to facilitate their grape harvest in those awesomely rugged vnyds. The first photo gives a sense of the heroic viticulture that takes place there. When I walked those vnyds of Balgera, I was mightly impressed. One stumble and you could wind up in the village hundreds of feet below.
The article mentions the Bitto cheese (a DOP cheese) grown in the Valtelline way up in the BittoVlly. It's one my favorite Italian cheeses, as good if not better than Parmigiano for a grating cheese. You almost never find it in this country, alas. A great source in the area is Bottega Fratelli Ciapponi, in Morbegno, recommended to me by EmilioCastelli. They have wheels 10-15 yrs old, aging away in their cellar. Plus it's an outstanding source of Valtelline wines.
She seems to be a big fan of the NinoNegri wines. They also own the (once reknowned) Pellizzatti label. I find those wines rather quotidian expressions of Valtelline Nebbiolo. I find Ar.Pe.Pe, Conti Sertoli Salis, Sandro Fay, Balgera and Triacca, maybe Rainoldi, much more interesting producers.
Anyway, an interesting article that brings back fond memories of my week in the area.
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Re: VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

by Robin Garr » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:07 pm

Fun fact: When those wacky Austrians brought some fancy white grapes across the Tirol from Valtellina in ages past, they named them "Veltliner" because, apparently, they couldn't spell Italian all that well.
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Re: VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

by Steve Edmunds » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:13 pm

that is a hoot, Robin :D
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Re: VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

by Robin Garr » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:27 pm

Steve Edmunds wrote:that is a hoot, Robin :D

It is indeed, Steve, but it is a True Fact.

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