Barbacán. The boys that can. At the head of this effervescent family winery is Angelo Sega, a vinous High Priest of the Valtellina Alps. Founded in 2006, Angelo and his sons Luca and Matteo have forged a heroic reputation for their gravity-defying cultivation of the regions beloved Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) grape from their 7 hectares of steeped vineyards in the postcard perfect San Giacomo di Teglio in Valtellina, high in the Swiss/Italian Alps. Despite being famed for their expressions of Nebbiolo, they also grow other lesser known local indigenous varieties of Róssola, Rossolino Rosa, Brugnòla and Negrera. The three Sega men are farmers who consider themselves ‘the vanguard of Valgella’ and have a passion for their craft that is as strong as the mountains they forge their wines from. Leonardo Da Vinci even wrote about the mountainous wines of Valtellina in his Codex Atlanticus, saying Valtellina was a “valley surrounded by tall and fearsome mountains” and that it made wines that are “heady and strong.” The perfect descriptor for the Barbacán clan. Their reputation as rugged Alpine Heroes precedes them and the dedication and passion it takes to work the back breaking slopes is so admirable that the Italians deem it a ‘gesto eroico’ (or heroic gesture) that they are honouring their ancestral lands with such love and respect.