How do vines grow on this?

GrapesThese baskets have been carried on this man’s back.  Down the side of a mountain.

ChiavennascaChiavennasca- the local name for the hardy bio-type of Nebbiolo that clings for life on these cliff faces.

HillLooking straight up- 70% incline!


Sassela fruit, dried on the vines after cutting the stems. Valtellina magic.


VistaView from the top.

SeriousTalking terroir.

SmilesUp, up and away!

Cin CinBraulio Salute!


About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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