Dirupi is tucked away in the centre of the rugged Alpine valley known
as the Valtellina in the region of Lombardia. The winery is housed in a
16th century building within the medieval town of Sondrio. This is
where the owners Pierpaolo Di Franco and Davide Fasolini grew up
together playing basketball and picking grapes. The vineyards used to
make Olé! lie above Sondrio in the zone of Valtellina Superiore
d.o.c.g.. They are historic vines planted on terraced land facing south
and at heights varying between 400 and 450 metres above sea level.
Harvest, which is done manually, generally takes place between 10th and
30th of October, in small 8 kg crates.
The winemaking process includes the grapes being removed from the
stalks and crushed gently, with the bunches arriving at the cellar
undamaged; fermentation takes place in steel vats with maceration of 14
days. Ageing is for 8 months in stainless steel barrels, then in the
bottle for a further 3 months prior to going on sale.