Our history is everywhere. It permeates the walls of our fifteenth-century palazzo, is inside our barrel cellars, can be felt in our vineyards and and in all the drystone walls that underpin these historical vineyards owned by Nino Negri. It can be found in the willpower and intuition of the people who have worked among the vines and in the winery during the past one hundred years and more. Our history can also be tasted in our wines like a lingering aftertaste which makes everything that bit more special.
The history of the winery is a century long and, from generation to generation, tells of a strong will and happy intuitions; the two things that gave these wines the opportunity to express all their greatness.
The Duke of Milan gives the palazzo, still the headquarters of our winery today, to Stefano Quadrio, a talented soldier and captain of the militias, conferring on him the title of Governor of Valtellina. Quadrio sets to work on the cultivation of grapes and selling the wine, creating the ancient cellars on four floors below the palazzo and which can still be visited today.
Following his marriage to Amelia Galli, Nino Negri, originally from Aprica, decides to move to Chiuro and set up a wine-producing business.
The company is officially registered with the Chamber of Commerce in Sondrio. Two years later, Carluccio, son of Nino and Amelia, and who is to become the person behind the development and growth of the Nino Negri winery, joins the company.
The Nino Negri winery’s workforce grows from the 5 or 6 of the period before the war to more than thirty and made even more numerous by the seasonal workers during harvest time.
At the end of the 1970s, the company is acquired by Gruppo Italiano Vini. There thus starts a new phase in the history of one of the oldest Valtellina wineries, with the aim of producing wine of the highest quality.
The winery founded by Nino Negri becomes the flagship of Gruppo Italiano Vini, not least through the work of oenologist Casimiro Maule (Italian Oenologist of the Year in 2007) until 2017, and of Danilo Drocco, who now heads the winery.