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Valtellina

Rich reds produced from semi-dried Nebbiolo grapes.

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The Valtellina valley is situated near the border with Switzerland and its most well-known DOC wines are produced using mainly the Nebbiolo grape. They've been growing grapes here since the 9th century (though the Nebbiolo grape may have only been grown here since the 19th century) and the region's wines haven't previously attracted much attention, though that seems to be changing. Unusually, some of its finest wines are produced using a semi-dried grape, creating a richly- flavoured Sforzato.

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