The NERA family run business in wine growing and wine producing was begun in the '40s by Guido Nera. He was succeeded, at the end of the '50s, by his son Pietro who with obstinacy and pride has acquired about 40 hectares of vineyards situated in the classical D.O.G.C. production areas: Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, Valgella.
The generous and assiduous commitment in cultivating our vineyards and the meticulous attention given to each phase relating to the transformation of the grape in the Chiura (SO) cellar which have made this business one of the most important and prestigious wine producers in the Valtellina, is the work of Stefano Nera, Pietro's son, the oenologist. The production and bottling of the precious D.O.G.C. wines from this estate, so sharp and robust, but so lavish in fruit for those who love it, are inspired by the respect for one of the oldest wine producing traditions, united with seriousness, competency, rigorous methods which follow each procedure. The first steps towards production of the best wines with the name of origin certified and guaranteed is the work carried out on the vineyard, the care of the land, even on the most impervious and steepest of slopes.
Only through constant exercising of this ancient craft made of sacrifices and fatigue are we able to grow robust and fertile vines capable of producing the choicest grapes.
Simone, the other son, deals with the marketing side of the business. Our family's commitment was and is founded in the conversion of the vineyards, in both traditional terracing and in "'tiers" or "circumvatingterraces" which consent mechanized work and improved photosynthetic activity in the leaves. The cloning selection and meticulous care of the vineyard allows us to have at our disposal the finest raw materials, thereby obtaining good quality products to which have been attributed attested certificates of merit awarded under various nation-wide and international contests.
Wine processing and the maturation are carried out in our cellars which are equipped with wine carriers such as oak barrels, barrique, tonneau and stainless steel vats. The estate produces all D.O.C.G. and D. O.C. wines from the Valtellina (Sforzato, Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, Valgella), our Grappa is obtained from the vinasse of the Sassella, Inferno and Sforzato grape, Sparkling wine by using the classic method and moreover the "Riserve della Casa" (House Reserve) of absolute prestige amongst which we indicate the "Signorie Riserva D.O.C.G." ,an exclusive product and the new "Paradiso Riserva D.O.C.G", created recently, which complete the prestigious production of the estate's Riserve.
Over the years these have been flanked by two new wines which have gradually gained more and more respect, approval and acknowledgement:
Sorèl, an I.G.T. red wine, a modern and innovative fruit stemming from an accurate 'graping' of Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon grape originating from our vineyards and produced in our cellars. This wine is proved for 12 months in small, oak barrels.
Rezio, an I.G.T. white wine, fruit of an accurate 'graping' of Nebbiolo vinified in white and Chardonnay originating from our vineyards, processed and refined in small oak drums for 8 months. It is marketed about 18 months after harvesting.
The number of successes encountered have enabled the Nera family run business to look positively to the future, with particular thanks to the new structure for the diffusion of wine culture which will also host refresher courses, business meetings and company events and also to host "food and wine" visitors by letting them taste and discover the typical products of the Valtellina - from cheese to cured meats, from pizzocheri (pasta dish) to our finest wines, fruit of "heroic viticulture" and a passion which is passed on from one generation to the next.