ARPEPE S.r.l Societa Agricola

Via Buon Consiglio, 4, 23100 Sondrio
Italy
Telephone +39 0342 214120
Fax +39 0342 1890925
info@arpepe.com

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ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 15): stand G82

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ProWein 2018 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

SASSELLA VIGNA REGINA

The cadastral maps had borne the name for generations, probably even before that our ancestor Giovanni Pelizzatti started selling his wine across the border with Switzerland in 1860.

 Close to the Rocce Rosse, the “Queen vineyard” rises to over 450 metres, as far as the road that leads from Sant’Anna to Triasso. There seems to be more rock than earth in this vineyard and here we have kept the greatest number of old vines: a collection of ancient genes that, in the best years, create one of the longest-lasting, most precious Riserva, as only a completely manual process can give. 1991 was an amazing vintage but it’s harder to find one today on a restaurant wine list than it is to meet the Queen herself.

 The Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Vigna Regina DOCG shows you how exciting a red wine from the Valtellinacan be if you have the good fortune to enjoy it when it has been given all the the right waiting time. Its quintessential simplicity surprise you for its wonderful cleanliness and freshness in the mouth and, thanks to the versatility of Nebbiolo from the Alps, it brings out its best on tables around the world.

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Product category: Lombardia

INFERNO FIAMME ANTICHE

The Valtellina Superiore Inferno Fiamme Antiche DOCG speaks to us of granitic rock heated in the sun, soaring up into the air like a flame, filling our nostrils with its heady fragrance.

The warmth is the secret of the perfect ripening of the grapes, which come exclusively from steep, sun-drenched slopes in the municipality of Poggiridenti.

A Nebbiolo with finely textured tannins and a lively freshness, with a bouquet of Alpine herbs and of the earth it comes from. Its colour recalls a true Maranello red, but the steep Arboleé road, which from the third curve of the “Inferno Circuit”, leads to the vineyard, is apparently not suited to racing cars...

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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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