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Valtellina

DOC/DOCG area for red wines in the north of the Italian region of Lombardy in the border area with Switzerland and South Tyrol. The Swiss writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), who lived in this valley for a long time, repeatedly described it as his favourite wine. The general Prince Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (1583-1634) was an excessive wine drinker until the age of 30. His doctor imposed moderation on him due to gout problems and recommended only this red wine, which Wallenstein adhered to until his (violent) death. The wines produced here used to be called Veltliner, but there is no connection with the Austrian Veltliner varieties.

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