“…my wines are unique…every vintage is never the same!”
– Alfio Mozzi
Today the Valtellina Valley is an important crossroads that bridges Northern Europe with the Mediterranean and one of the few Alpine valleys that runs laterally from west to east, where the southern exposed mountain side provides maximum expression to its viticulture. For 30 miles terraced vineyards crawl up the steep rocky cliffs.
The Mozzi winery is located in the town of Castione Andevenno in the Province of Sondrio on the far western side of the Sassella subarea with a south-western exposure. The winery cultivates vines that grow from 1,200 to 2,000ft above sea level with sandy and shallow terrain.
The Valtellina Valley is located on the 46° parallel north and protected by mountains. And to the south the Orobie Alps make rain from the damp humid currents coming from the Mediterranean before they arrive in the Valtellina Valley. Moreover, the Retiche Alps provide protection from the cold winds that arrive from the north where only the dry and hot Foehn winds are allowed to enter the Valley.
Despite its demanding, rugged, steep mountainsides, this meteorological phenomenon makes the Valtellina territory favorable for viticulture.
Even prickly pears have found their natural habitat here and are easily found sitting on the most rocky of terraces when one wanders around these mountainside vineyards.
About the winemaker
Alfio Mozzi professes to have been born in the winery belonging to his great grandparents, all winemakers, where he remembers to have spent most of his infancy and childhood,.
After working as a metal worker for 11 years, he decided to devote himself first to the cultivation of vines, turned it into a business and the subsequent creation of the winery. In 1998, along with the ability to merge the various adjoining family properties, his dream became reality.
Winemaking is Alfio’s passion, that passion being in direct contact between the terroir and the vines, the careful manicuring of the vines and the tastings in the cellar. With every bottle the connoisseur can always rediscover the excitement of the vintage, flavors of tradition…the connection to the Valtellina Valley.
The estate produces three labels that display Valtellina Superiore DOCG and all come from the Nebbiolo varietal: Sassella Grisone, Sassella Grisone Riserva and the Sforzato di Valtellina. The latter two being produced exclusively in the best years.