The Giro d'Italia 2022

WHERE Aprica
WHEN 24/05/2022

Valtellina is part of the Giro d'Italia 2022 with the Sforzato Wine Stage


On the occasion of the 105th Giro d'Italia, scheduled from Friday 6 to Sunday 29 May 2022, Valtellina is once again great protagonist of the race with the arrival of the Sforzato Wine Stage scheduled in Aprica on May 24 in what will be one of the hardest stage of the Corsa Rosa, starting in Salò, and with 5.440 meters in altitude along the 200 km route.  

The undisputed star of the stage is the Mortirolo Pass, one of the most important passes in the Alps which is also one of the hardest (and most beautiful) climbs in Valtellina.

giro d'italia 2022: the sforzato wine stage

The Salò - Aprica stage has been rated as one of the most interesting and difficult of the entire competition.  

A traditional mountain stage through the Valtellina, bringing back some long forgotten climbs. Starting in Salò, the route enters the Val Sabbia, passes Bagolino and clears the Goletto di Cadino (last tackled in 1998, when Pantani stormed to victory in Montecampione), crossing the Val Camonica. The route then takes in the Mortirolo coming from Monno (as in 2017), descends into Grosio and runs along the roads of the Sforzato Wine, after which the stage is named. After ascending to Teglio (the town after which the valley is named) and clearing the Santa Cristina pass (which was last tackled in 1999), the route eventually reaches Aprica.


THE SFORZATO DI VALTELLINA WINE, an icon of the territory

First dry red passito italian wine to get the DOCG (in 2003), the Sforzato di Valtellina (or Sfursat) is the expression of Nebbiolo obtained from the drying of the grapes. A wine that is rooted in the local tradition of “straining” (sforzare) the grapes to concentrate them in order to enhance greater structure and power.

Sforzato is a complete wine, wine of richness and concentration, but also of finesse and elegance: the symbol of the Valtellina to discover and... taste!