Where in the wine world are we? Gondola edition

For your Saturday edutainment, we present to you this picture of grape harvesting via modified ski gondola.

Where in the wine world do they do that? Hit the comments with your thoughts. Answer to follow.

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22 Responses to “Where in the wine world are we? Gondola edition”

  1. Valtellina!

  2. Original thought was Chile – but Italy sounds promising given Gondola was invented there. Interested in the answer!

  3. In Savoie?

  4. Could be Cote Roti or Mencia region of NW Spain

  5. Looks most like the Valtellina. Actually, this sort of thing is done several places in Italy, although most seem to have switched to a wee monorail ‘train’ called the trenino, as in the Cinque Terre.

  6. Southwestern Switzerland?

  7. Trentino region in Italy?

  8. along the bank of the Mosel in Trittenheim?

  9. Rhone ?

  10. The mountains and the rather industrial city below looks like Grenoble to me. Savoie is a good guess as well to my eye.

  11. Mosel

  12. I was just in Italy visiting the Cinque Terre (5 lands) and saw this all over my hikes to each city.

  13. I second Valtellina.

  14. I’d be guessing Switzerland. It looks a little like it could be Vaud or perhaps the Valais.

  15. Southern Switzerland.

  16. I agree with Valais of Switzerland.

  17. Looks like Alto Adige to me

  18. I’d be guessing Switzerland too

  19. […] the vineyards of producer Ar.Pe.Pe. are so steep that the grapes are harvested by a sort of modified ski gondola! And their steepness so rivals Hermitage that they also have signs in the vineyards in between […]

  20. Very good guessing all! Damien, I liked your deductive logic. Congratulations to Mike, Bill, Katie and Laurie who all nailed it as Valtellina in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. (Bill, I’ll have to find some pics of that monorail!) Everyone else was really close.

    The producer is Ar.Pe.Pe. and I found this photo from their album on Facebook. I wrote up their delicious, entry-level Valtellina rosso here.

  21. […] we bring you an encore edition. Last time, it was grapes transported down the steep vineyard via something akin to a ski gondola. This time, we present steep vineyard transportation via modified […]

  22. […] if they would mind and then went ahead and indulged in some Ar. Pe Pe, a 2009 Nebbiolo from the vertiginous slopes of Valtellina (find this wine). I poured the wine in the kitchen, brought the glasses to where we were sitting […]


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