Viticulture in Valtellina is defined by all as “heroic”, above all because of the efforts, risks and work that the steeply sloping vineyards require.
Suffice it to say that in Valtellina it takes about 1,400 hours of work per hectare, seven or eight times more than those required in the plains.
We have all seen on the internet the photos of the vineyards that climb the slopes of the mountains, sometimes in an impressive way, and we ask ourselves: but how do they do it? How do the vines hang there? And how do winemakers get the grapes up to the first street?
Our vineyards are located at a height of about 600 (the lowest) / 700 meters above sea level and the land reaches a slope of up to 40% at times!
The harvesting work is exclusively manual, without the help of mechanical means and in the last two years it has been carried out only by … the owner of the company!
The grapes are harvested and placed in plastic crates of about 20 kg each. Then off, on your shoulder !! And up the slopes of the vineyard!
It is hard work, yes .. but also exciting! When you arrive in the cellar in the evening and you think you have managed to bring all the grapes from the vineyard to the “barrel” for this harvest too, it is an immense satisfaction!
And you, have you ever been in a “heroic vineyard”?