Valtellina is a unique territory, rich in history, culture and biodiversity. It is located in the far North of Italy, in Lombardy, in a climatically singular position. It is considered the most important mountain viticulture area in Italy, the third in Europe. It is the second largest territory in the world to host the largest area cultivated with Nebbiolo grapes.
The mountains are said to put their signature on the wines of Valtellina and, not surprisingly, the Nebbiolo from this valley is a wine of rocks and mountain.
For this reason, it is unique, special, elegant, contemporary, but at the same time, beyond and out of time. In Valtellina, vineyards hang from the mountains, suspended on spectacular terraces made of dry-stone walls.
They are set in the woods, capable of capturing and storing the heat of the sun. A sort of Mediterranean scrub in the heart of the Alps, where cacti, agaves and olive trees are grown.
It is such biodiversity typical of Valtellina that transmits a “Valtellina style” to the grapes and wines, a style projected into the future, designed with the values of sustainability, respectful of nature and the environment.
However, good ideas have a future only if they have a story to tell, if they are able to interpret people’s values, desires and aspirations. Since 1925, the Aldo Rainoldi Winery has been all this, a dynamic relationship with the past that has allowed us to always wonder at the future.
At the beginning of the 1920s, Valtellina found itself in a context of poverty and emigration. A strong desire to emerge pushed Aldo Rainoldi to give life to his business as a wine merchant in 1925.
Thanks to the experience gained over the decades, we work daily with the aim of combining a quality wine with the health of the environmental context that hosts our vineyards and our collaborators.
Here the vine variety Nebbiolo – locally called Chiavennasca – can offer scented, highly elegant and ageable wines. Chiavennasca, from the local dialect “Ciù Venasca”, means “more winey” as the Benedictine monks had already understood back in the 12th century. They were the first to realise the potential of this vine variety and its adaptability to the local climate and soil situation.
Valtellina wine is indeed a high quality wine. It is the result of various factors. First, the orientation to the South of all the vineyards and their steep slopes, which gives them an extraordinary exposure to the sun. Secondly, the extensive temperature range between day and night, typical of sunny and dry autumns, which allows to have healthier grape bunches and more aromatic wines. Also the light, shallow, loose soils, which are never wet and above all with limited yield per hectare. Finally, the average age of the vineyards is over 60 years and that guarantees the best quality.
Really unique vineyards in need of great care, attention and exclusively hand-made labour. This viticulture on hilly slopes requires around 1,200 working hours a year per hectare – four times as many as the time needed for hill viticulture – and the harvest sometimes gets carried out with the help of a helicopter to carry the picked grapes from the terracing to the valley.
With over nine hectares of land directly managed and with the precious contribution of over sixty trustworthy collaborators, supervised by the company’s agronomist, Aldo Rainoldi Wine House producesthe wines of the principal denominations, corresponding to the areas of Rosso di Valtellina Doc and Valtellin a Superiore Docg. The latter denomination groups together the subzones of Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Valgella, guaranteeing the quality of the most interesting Chiavennasca.
From Valtellina's Nebbiolo, from the terracing and the local viticultural tradition, we produce wines that pay homage to our ancestors' wisdom. A range of products that glorifies and honours the local culture and at the same time has in itself the ability to innovate and improve, to diversify and offer a selection of high quality wines.