Valle d'Aosta (Aosta Valley)is the smallest wine producing territory in all of Italy and, as a northern alpine region, there is a strong French influence in everything from the culture to the language.
In terms of wine, Valle d'Aosta is a standalone region which at one point had so many grape varieties growing you could write a book about it. With winemaking roots that stretch back to before Roman times, it has an incredibly rich history. Unfortunately, phylloxera (an aphid-like pest) killed most of the vines on local farms in the 1860s, wiping out the majority of the region’s wine heritage.
However, the wines produced today are still elegant mountain wines, perfectly reflecting the beauty of the stunning landscapes and colors of the valley. The mineral taste conquers your palate with every sip and international varieties have slowly filled the gap created by phylloxera, but the wines to look out for are made from unique grapes such as Fumin, Priè Rouge, Priè Blanc and many others.
It might be the smallest wine-producing territory in Italy, but Valle d’Aosta has remained an important region. The local government managed to create a single DOC in 1985 which managed to bring the entire winemaking scene’s quality, standards and communication up to scratch. Today, the region’s seven sub-areas perfectly express the different terroirs of this unique land.