In the northern Italian Alps, a patchwork of steeply terraced vineyards graces the northern side of the valley in Lombardy that stretches 25 miles east to west. The vineyards, all facing south, receive optimum sun exposure and are ideal for growing grapes. Winemaking here dates back to the first millennium and today Valtellina is the only well-established and recognized wine region almost completely dedicated to growing and making Nebbiolo. In that valley, Rainoldi's history began in 1925 when Aldo Rainoldi started selling wine in Lombardy and in Switzerland. During the 1960s, Giuseppe, Aldo’s son, started to export the wines all over the world, especially to the US, Canada, Japan, and within Europe. Giuseppe realized immediately that he had to extend the range of wines to meet the needs of increasingly cosmopolitan and international customers. After graduating from the University of Viticulture and Oenology of Turin in the 1990s, Giuseppe's nephew Aldo started helping him in managing the company and making wine.
Location of Vineyard
The Aldo Rainoldi winery is located in the suburb of Casacce, near Chiuro in Valtellina. Valtellina is a mountainous valley that stretches from east to west in Northern Italy. It is the second-largest Nebbiolo producing region in the world, and the third most-terraced region. Valtellina Nebbiolo—locally called Chiavennasca—offers scented, highly elegant, and ageworthy wines.
The production of top-quality wine respecting family tradition and the environment is the daily goal. Thanks to a new, high-tech winery, grapes from different vineyards and altitudes can be harvested when they are ripe and then vinified separately. Cleanliness and hygiene are paramount in the winery.