ARPEPE S.r.l Societa Agricola

Via Buon Consiglio, 4, 23100 Sondrio
Italy

Telephone +39 0342 214120
Fax +39 0342 1890925
info@arpepe.com

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 15 / G82
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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 15): stand G82

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.09  Italy
  • 01.01.09.10  Lombardia

Our products

Product category: Lombardia

SASSELLA ULTIMI RAGGI

Not making Sforzato di Valtellina sounds rather odd to red wine lovers in this land, but if one is to remain true to one’s vision, one may indeed appear to be odd at times. 

Like the Sforzato, this wine plays on the super-ripeness of the grapes. The game is played out not in the cellar, however, but in the vineyard, up to 600 metres above sea level, in the Ere zone at the highest point in Sassella.

The right waiting time to reach the right degree of phenolic ripening of the grapes can take some weeks later than in the vineyards below. The variations in temperature between day and night during the harvest add strength to the skins and concentrate the sugars. The fruit slowly dries in the wind, while still attached to the vine, as it prepares for its winter rest. Just before the snow comes, between the middle and end of November, the grapes are picked, gently crushed and pressed in a wooden vat. At the first racking, it is completely dry and acidity levels are quite pronounced. The super-ripeness mitigates the nervous tannins of Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi DOCG and ageing in large barrels smoothens out its rich texture.

The sweetness of the ripe fruit thus lingers in the fragrance, without any cloying softness on the palate.

After ageing in the bottle, Ultimi Raggi becomes the wine with the highest alcohol content of our production, while losing none of the freshness and mouthfeel of Nebbiolo from the Alps. 

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Product category: Lombardia

GRUMELLO BUON CONSIGLIO

In the Via del Buon Consiglio 4, where Sondrio meets Montagna in Valtellina, at the foot of the Grumello, the vines seem to swallow up the underground cellar. Here the Nebbiolo from the Alps goes back into the womb of the mountain that generated it. At 370 metres above sea level, the vineyard extends towards the city, over the Ca’ Bianca district, where the terraces have dry-stone walls in excess of 7 metres.

When the considerable temperature variations in the autumn begin to form the aromatic profile of the grapes, the skin becomes thicker and the mineral salts come together. We need the right level of acidity to create the Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva Buon Consiglio DOCG. Long maceration times in wooden vats, even over 100 days if necessary, in large barrels for up to 60 months, or even more – in other words, for the right waiting time, in silence, in the dark, in the Burgundy bottle. It will surprise you as you drink it on a late summer’s evening, taking your mind back to your holiday by the sea.

Citrus notes, freshness and smooth, soft silk... a cello concerto and the white noise of a distant glacier.

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Product category: Lombardia

SASSELLA STELLA RETICA

As children, we always hoped to find edelweiss when walking in the mountains, but the excursion would always be longer than our legs were strong, and we were generally exhausted before we found one. The wonderful thing was that we never lost the desire to go back and look for one, even at the cost of walking all the way to the glacier. Just like the mountaineer who dedicated a climbing route to our wine: you’ll find it on a map, on the Rhaetian side, for it’s the one with the name Sassellacarved into it.

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica DOCG – it’s almost a tongue twister, but then so too is the first sip: tense enough to capture and still astonish you, yet smooth enough not to catch you unprepared.

Long maceration can do wonders also for young wines, which year after year will amaze you with their innate ability to evolve.

The correct ripening of the grapes means doing everything at exactly the right time, weather permitting. This means that grapes, even from the same vineyard, will always be the outcome of countless variables that people can only partly influence. This is the part that we, with our innate passion, like to refer to as our “work”.
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About us

Company details

We are a family of winegrowers and, for over 150 years, we have been passionately devoted to the cultivation of Nebbiolo. This is a rare grape variety that, over the centuries, has adapted to the Valtellina, a land like no other, where everything is still done by hand. For 5 generations we have always waited for “the time it takes” “the right waiting time” and it is this that sets the pace of our work. Time and humility are what make our wine the purest, sincerest expression of this land and of the people who cultivate it with such dedication. This was the lesson we were taught by our father Arturo, without letting ourselves be influenced by passing fashions and conventional tastes.

We are convinced that the outstanding qualities of Nebbiolo from the Alps means it is more than worthy of its place of honour on the international market of fine wines. Without this worldwide acknowledgement, this age-old activity would simply not be economically sustainable for it rejects any idea of modern mass-production.

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