But WaitThere's More
Find other great ideas in these related stories:
- The Best New Hotels with Great Food ›
- The Most Delicious Macarons in the World ›
- Gorgeous Vineyards Across the Globe ›
- 5 Great Inns for Foodies ›
- Buenos Aires Eats ›
- Madrid's Best Restaurants and Bars ›
- Go Irish in Boston ›
- Austin's Best Restaurants, Bars & Shops ›
- 29 Restaurants on 11 Caribbean Islands ›
- Alternative Wine Trails ›
- World's Best Farm Hotels ›
The Place: Valtellina, Italy
The Poison: A dry red from Nebbiolo grapes, grown on the steep slopes of the Orobie Alps. Spicy!
The Buzz: Sure, Italy is full of wine regions—and the tourists who crowd them. Think further afield than Tuscany or Piedmont: Leonardo da Vinci described this off-the-GPS region in the north of Italy as a "valley surrounded by tall and terrible mountains…that makes powerful wines." Located 60 miles east of Lake Como, the village sits in a deep gorge formed by the mountain ranges that border Switzerland. Vineyards themselves are carved into the hillsides; laborers nimbly pick their way among the rocky slopes and stash fruit into funnel-shaped baskets they wear on their backs.
Down the Hatch: Most of the wineries in the Valtellina are in and around the town of Sondrio. We suggest checking out Conti Sertoli Salis, a 150-year-old winery that occupies a 17th-century palazzo (the cellar is pictured). It's located in Tirano, a 30-minute drive from Sondrio.
Sleep It Off: The people of Sondrio make their way past the Albergo della Posta every evening during the traditional passeggiata, as the hotel is located smack-dab on the Piazza Garibaldi. An elegant old building from the mid-1800s, it has 40 rather spartan rooms, the bright and traditional L'American Bar, and the Sozzani restaurant, filled with local families.
Drink at Home: Canua Sforzato is the Conte Sertoli Salis winery's best bottle and runs between $50 and $75, depending on the vintage.
Conte Sertoli Salis
Tel: 39 0342 710 404
Albergo della Posta
Tel: 39 0342 510 404
Doubles from $125