Italy, Lombardia, Valtellina Valley
Near the tiny village of Castione Andevenno, Alfio Mozzi carefully tends his 3,5 hectares of terraced Nebbiolo vines in the superb Il Grisone site at an altitude varying from 350-600 meters on the slopes above the river Adda. Due to the varying altitude in this vineyard he can harvest each vine at different times and at optimal ripeness. The soil is about 80% sandstone and 20% limestone. Viticulture is in conversion to organic and in this last year he has converted 1ha to Biodynamic farming. The age of the vines ranges from 5 years, (the youngest) while the oldest are more than 100 years old. Yields are about 45 hl/ha. For the fermentation, indigenous yeasts only are used. Aging is done in 2,000 and 3,000 litre French oak foudre of 6-7 years. Purity with concentration, delineation of flavors and a lingering finish in each wine. The winery was founded in 1998 when Alfio Mozzi chose to become a full-time wine entrepreneur, encouraged by coming from a family of wine growers. Alfio spent most of his childhood and adolescence in the vines of his great-grandparents and after 11 years of working as a blacksmith, he decided to devote himself first to the sole cultivation of the vines which then turned him to wine-making and finally owner of his own small winery. With the ability to merge the various adjacent lands of those already owned by his family, the dream became reality. It is now his passion as through each of his bottles, he seeks to rediscover the emotions of the vintage, traditional flavors and his personal link with the Valtellina.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Grisone Valtellina Superiore DOCG Sassella||Nebbiolo||5-100+ years||Sandy limestone||Sustainable|
|Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG||Nebbiolo||5-100+ years||Sandy limestone||Sustainable|