Welcome to Valtellina
From the northern end of Lake Como, the Valtellina cuts a broad swathe of a valley (at whose centre runs the Adda river) eastward between the Swiss mountain frontier to the north and the Orobie Alps to the south. Much of its steep northern flank is carpeted by the vineyards (mostly the Nebbiolo grape variety) that produce such coveted drops as Sforzato (Sfurzat). You can largely skip the valley towns, but a detour to the hillside wine villages is worthwhile. Two points of reference are Ponte, 8km east of Sondrio, and Teglio (with a cute Romanesque church), 8km further east. The brisk climb up among the vineyards affords sweeping views across the valley. And what better way to taste Valtellina reds than by calling into any local trattoria?