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In the enchanting Valtellina, land rich in history and wines, Pietro Nera winery is committed since more than sixty years to the revaluation of wines produced with the local Chiavennasca grape

 Valtellina - the enchanting alpine territory in the province of Sondrio, in the northern part of Lombardy - is a land considered heroic for many aspects. The morphology of the territory - made of steep slopes in which are built terraces - does not certainly offer easy conditions for the many human activities. Despite the truly hard conditions offered by the mountain nature of this territory, Valtellina is a land capable of giving generous fruits and tasty foods, last but not the least, excellent wine. This is the land from which come the renowned Bitto, Casera and Scimudin cheeses, as well as excellent apples and precious honey, it is here bresaola is being produced and in this land were born the tasty pizzoccheri, a local type of pasta traditionally seasoned with savoy cabbage, potatoes, butter, garlic, pepper and abundant Casera cheese.


A view of vineyards in Valtellina
A view of vineyards in Valtellina

 Valtellina also means wine, a historical bond based on the local Chiavennasca grape (derived from the local dialect term ciù-enanz, higher) name with which is called in this area the noble Nebbiolo grape. The wines of this land - a production essentially about red wines - benefit from the Nebbiolo's elegance and qualities, including the most renowned and precious wine of the whole Valtellina: Sforzato. This particular wine, produced in limited quantities because of the strict selection of grapes, is made with the best Chiavennasca grapes allowed to dry for three-four months and then vinified during January and February. Besides Sforzato, wines of the area are distinguished for Valtellina Superiore DOCG - produced with Chiavennasca grape - in which are defined some subareas and precisely Grumello, Sassella, Valgella, Inferno and Maroggia.

 Exactly in this suggestive territory was established in the beginning of 1940's Pietro Nera Winery, founded by Guido Nera, father of the present proprietor Pietro. At the end of 1950's, Pietro Nera, succeeded to his father Guido, by tenaciously continuing the wine business of the family, finally united all the family estates - about 38 hectares (about 94 acres) - located in the classic production areas of Valtellina: Sassella, Inferno, Grumello and Valgella. Today are Pietro Nera's sons - Stefano and Simone - to be in charge for the managerial activity of the winery. Stefano is the wine maker responsible for the production of wines, whereas Simone is in charge for managing the commercial activity. The efforts of Nera family has always been committed to the reconversion of vineyards, both located in traditional terraces, as well as traditional “a gradoni” or “girapoggio” vineyards, allowing mechanized operations while improving the photosynthetic activity of leaves.

 Clonal selection and the meticulous care in vineyards, allow to obtain the best grapes in order to make wines whose quality is now famous worldwide. All the wine making and wine aging operations are done inside the cellars of the winery, equipped with steel tanks and oak casks of many sizes. Vineyards are all of property and cover an acreage of about 35 hectares (about 87 acres) providing grapes for a total production of 30,000 hectoliters of wine (about 800,000 gallons) of which 5,000 aged in oak casks and barriques. Despite Pietro Nera winery is mainly oriented to the production of red wine, Chiavennasca grape is also used for the production of white wines with interesting qualities.


 

 In Teglio - few kilometers east from Chiuro, city in which is located Pietro Nera winery - there is Caven Camuna winery, a farm business owned by the family. Wines produced by Caven Camuna are distinguished for their quality and for the fact of being produced with grapes coming from small vineyards and located in particular subareas. Caven Camuna's wines convince for their quality and for their character, certainly of higher class and exclusive. Caven Camuna's production is pretty limited and it is to be considered as the top quality production of Pietro Nera's wines, in particular Sforzato Messere, rich and full bodied, a worth representative of its category. Caven Camuna's range of products is completed by Valtellina Superiore wines produced in the Inferno and Sassella subareas, as well as Giupa, produced with late harvested grapes.

 The production of Pietro Nera winery is pretty rich and interesting, and besides the classic Valtellina wines, are also produced particular wines in which Chiavennasca is blended with other grapes. The main production is about Valtellina Superiore DOCG wines coming from the subareas Grumello, Sassella and Inferno including Sforzato. Among red reserve wines a particular mention goes to Valtellina Superiore Signorie, produced in limited quantities with Chiavennasca grape and a small part of Pignola, Rossola and Brugnola, three typical grapes from Valtellina. Among red wines are also produced Sorèl - an interesting blend of Chiavennasca and Cabernet Sauvignon - and Rosso di Valtellina Tellino. The production of Pietro Nera winery is completed by two white wines and a classic method sparkling wine. White wines are both produced with Chiavennasca grape vinified in white, of which “La Novella” is produced with 100% Chiavennasca and “Rezio” blended with Chardonnay. The classic method sparkling wine “Caven” is produced with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

 




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Valtellina Superiore Sassella Alisio 2001
Pietro Nera (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 10.75 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of cherry and raspberry followed by aromas of violet, plum, rose, cyclamen, licorice and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum. This wine ages for at least two years.
Food Match: Braised and stewed meat, Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva 2000, Pietro Nera (Italy)
Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva 2000
Pietro Nera (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 16.00 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of cherry, rose and raspberry followed by aromas of peanut butter, violet, plum, licorice, tobacco and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry and raspberry. A well made wine. This Valtellina Superiore ages for at least three years.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Valtellina Sforzato 2000, Pietro Nera (Italy)
Valtellina Sforzato 2000
Pietro Nera (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 24.30 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of black cherry, plum and violet followed by aromas of raspberry, blueberry, licorice, tobacco, vanilla and menthol. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and raspberry. This Sforzato ages for at least one year in cask.
Food Match: Braised and stewed meat, Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Valtellina Superiore Inferno Al Carmine 2000, Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Valtellina Superiore Inferno Al Carmine 2000
Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 16.00 Score:
This Valtellina inferno shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of plum and cherry followed by aromas of raspberry, violet, strawberry jam, vanilla, licorice, menthol, tobacco, cocoa and lavender. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, cherry and strawberry jam. A well made wine. Valtellina Inferno Al Carmine ages in cask.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Valtellina Superiore Sassella La Priora 2000, Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Valtellina Superiore Sassella La Priora 2000
Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 16.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of cherry and raspberry followed by aromas of violet, rose, plum, strawberry jam, licorice, tobacco, vanilla, menthol and lavender. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum. A well made wine. Valtellina Sassella La Priora ages in cask.
Food Match: Braised and stewed meat, Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Valtellina Sforzato Messere 2000, Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Valtellina Sforzato Messere 2000
Pietro Nera - Caven Camuna (Italy)
Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Price: € 37.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This Valtellina Sforzato shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of cherry and plum followed by aromas of raspberry, strawberry, violet, rose, licorice, tobacco, vanilla, cocoa and menthol. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry. A well made wine. This Sforzato ages for at least 12 months in barrique and completes its aging in cask.
Food Match: Game, Braised and stewed meat, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Pietro Nera - Via 4 Novembre, 43 - 23030 Chiuro, Sondrio (Italy) - Tel. +39 342 482631 Fax. +39 s342 483796 - Winemaker: Stefano Nera - Established: 1940 - Production: 640.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@neravini.com - WEB: www.neravini.com


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