The vineyards in Valtellina are steep: terraces of vines cover the northern slopes of the valley. At the heart of this fertile landscape of vineyards at the foot of the Alps lies the La Gatta estate of Fratelli Triacca.
The Nebbiolo grape grown in the steep vineyards around it produces either fresh and fruity young red wines or long-lived, elegant wines – some made from partially dried grapes. Casa La Gatta is a fruity Valtellina Superiore which is matured in a large wooden barrel for two years. This wine is flanked by Valtellina Superiore Riserva La Gatta which has to be matured in a barrel for three years. The grapes for Prestigio, one of the estate's top wines, are partially dried on the vine and aged for 12 months in a barrique after vinification. Sforzato – or Sfurzat, as it is known in the local dialect – San Domenico is a real speciality made from grapes which are dried on wooden lattices before being pressed. The long-lived wine has an appealing aroma of dried fruit and almonds and is concentrated yet supple on the palate.
As well as these wines based on Nebbiolo grapes, there are also great Tuscan wines from the Triacca family's other properties: Chianti Classico from the La Madonnina winery, Vino Nobile from the Santavenere winery in Montepulciano and Maremma wines from the La Spadina winery.