Exploring Media Valtellina in search of ancient culinary traditions and authentic flavours
A holiday in Media Valtellina sweeps you up a whirlwind of flavours, throwing you into its rich gastronomic heritage. It’s epitomised by flavoursome dishes created with locally sourced, honest, down-to-earth produce that reflects the terrain in which it has been cultivated. For lovers of fresh mountain air and fine cuisine, this is the ultimate spot for encounters with local producers, where you can discover their traditions and taste their products – Prepare yourself for a 360° experience of authentic gastronomy.
It isn’t just the dishes and their recipes – such as the mouth-watering Pizzoccheri as protected by the Teglio Academy of Pizzoccheri or Tirano’s most typical Chisciöi – traditional buckwheat pancakes with Casera cheese – that have achieved such a global status, but also the premium ingredients within these renowned recipes. Consider the locally grown buckwheat that has been used for centuries in the preparation of local cuisine (most notably pizzoccheri). Make time to visit Teglio when this ancient grain is in bloom and admire the sea of white flowers that stretch across the landscape. There is also no shortage of high quality wines, created from the grapes grown on the awe-inspiringly steep terraced vineyards with their dry stone walls that lend Valtellina its wholly unique aesthetic. Tirano is also known for its distinguished Valtellina IGP apples, grown over more than 1,000 hectares of orchards, boasting a crisp crunchiness and distinctive flavour thanks to the area’s favourable conditions.