Viticulture in Valle d'Aosta
Despite its tiny surface, Valle d’Aosta houses dozens of native grapes, some of which have no ties to anything else grown beyond regional boundaries.
Grapes from neighbouring regions such as Petit Arvine from Valais in Switzerland and Nebbiolo from Piedmont are also widespread. Popular international varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
What are the main grape varieties of the Aosta Valley?
The key native varieties in Valle d’ Aosta:
- Petit Rouge: Petit Rouge means “little red” in French. The grape is unique in that it doesn’t seem to have any ties with any known grape variety in the world. Fruit-forward and spicy, with high acidity and soft tannins, the wines match local charcuterie and cheeses.
- Prié Blanc: Priè Blanc finds its chosen home in the highest altitude vineyards of the continent – usually terraced and dramatically steep. Redolent of herbal and floral aromas, these light to mid-weight wines reflect the extreme terroir.
- Nebbiolo: Picotendro is the synonym in Valle d’ Aosta for the Michet biotype of Nebbiolo. Does it taste the same as Nebbiolo from Piemonte? No, it is quite different. Fresher and lighter, savory minerals underpin flowers and tart red berries, making for a charmingly delicate expression of the variety.
Other varieties include Dolcetto, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Cornalin, Vien de Nus, Premetta, Moscato di Chambave, Pinot Nero, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Gamay, Syrah, Petit Arvine, and Muller Thurgau.
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