It is surprising that Valduga dates back only to 1973 since the winery seems to have grown to be very successful while retaining a historical feel. This is because the roots of the modern winery do date back to 1875, the earliest days of the local wine industry. With so much experience, it's no surprise that the winery is well suited to receive guests, with some of the finest tasting rooms, shops and restaurants that I saw on my travels through the region.
Again, sparkling wines are very important and well represented in the Valduga line-up, but it should not be surprising to find white and red wines playing a significant role as well. The guard at the front gate still speaks the rural Italian of the local immigrant population. Production runs about 150,000 12-bottle cases per year, with fruit coming from 50 hectares (123 acres) of estate vineyards supplemented with 160 hectares (395 acres) in Encruzilhada do Sul. The wines of Valduga are roughly similar to those of Salton in that there is a nice balance between fruit, terroir and intelligent winemaking, though the wines here do seem to have a little something extra.
Top Wine Tasted: Casa Valduga 60 Brut 91pts