June 08, 2020 by Alyssa Taylor
Valle d’Aosta, Italy
Valle d’Aosta is one of the smallest wine regions located in the northwest of Italy near bordering France and Switzerland. It is only one-eighth the size of it’s neighbor, Piemonte. This region definitely gains influence from its neighbors with the primary local grape being Nebbiolo (Picotendro), similar to Piemonte, and their second official spoken language being French. Common varieties outside of Nebbiolo are Chardonnay, Gamay, Petit Rouge, and Dolcetto. However, a wide range of both red and white wines from native and international grapes are made here. With an interesting mix of grapes, terroir and culture, wines from this region can be very exciting. A few sub-regions to note are Morgex et de la Salle, Donnas, Enfer d’Arvier, Torrette, Nus, Chambave, and Arnad-Montjovet.