La Spia

Lombardy, Italy

Among the terraced vineyards of Valtellina lies "La Spia" (The Spy), a name linked to the homonymous rocky ridge located in the Sassella DOCG sub-area, a sighting and control post dating back to the Grisons domination. In 1962 the property passed to the Rigamonti family who used it for vineyard cultivation, Nebbiolo variety, Chiavennasca biotype. Today La Spia works 4.5 hectares scattered throughout the Valtellina area, producing over 25,000 bottles a year.

The Spy


Handkerchiefs of land perched on the sunny Valtellina slope, created over the centuries from rock by the skilful art of building dry stone walls.

These small terraces provide the impressive fruit from which the Sassella DOCG and Valtellina Superiore DOCG traditional wines are produced.


"We collect the legacy of the past, evolving it with wise and innovative cellar choices.

Our philosophy allows the creation of new Rhaetian gems, such as 100% Nebbiolo vinified and aged in wood, 100% Classic Method Nebbiolo and the “Castelàsc” project: a blend of Nebbiolo, Moscato Giallo Trentino and Sauvignon-Blanc in its blank."


The Valtellina


Climate and soil, two main elements for making Valtellina, a territory perfectly suited to viticulture. The climate is influenced by the Alpine mountains and the orientation of the valley while the vineyard soil's neutral to sub-acidic pH, mainly sandy texture and shallow depth which often subjects the vines to water stress, give the musts a richness that translates into a high finesse and elegance in the wines.

On these slopes, the short rows arranged in the terraces remain an ancient and functional system and one of the largest terraced mountain areas in Europe.

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Luca Pignatelli


Luca Pignatelli is one of the most important Italian contemporary artists, his figurative work has been shown in numerous prestigious private and public museums, galleries and contemporary art exhibitions.

For a selection of La Spia wines, Pignatelli has expressed the Valtellina area and its wine in three iconic pictorial designs for the labels. The three subjects of naturalistic inspiration, linked to a mythological, fairy-tale woodland fauna, combined with the wine, provide the perfect union between art, quality and tradition.

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