The Wine: Pizamej Valtellina Superiore Valgella 2016
Barbacan Pizamej Valtellina Superiore Valgella is a red natural wine made from 100% Chiavennasca (local name for Nebbiolo) grapes grown organically in Valtellina, Lombardy, Northern Italy, under the appellation Valtellina Superiore DOCG. Pizamej is the name of the parcel, this is a single-vineyard wine - same as the other single-vineyard wine from Barbacan, Sol Valtellina Superiore. Valgella is the subzone within the Valtellina Superiore DOCG appellation. Spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites.
The Producer: Barbacan
Barbacan is small, family-owned winery of only 6 hectares. The vineyards are located on terraced slopes characteristic of Valtellina, a narrow valley northeast of Milan, Lombardy. The steepness of the terraces makes working these vineyards extremely difficult, hence the designation "heroic viticulture". At Barbacan everything is done by hand in the most natural way possible: no chemicals in the vineyards or in the cellar, no industrial yeasts, spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. One of the few 100% natural winemakers in Valtellina.
The Region: Lombardy