Grappas from Rare Local Grape Varieties

These grappas use only the marc from grapes of the Valle d’Aosta, most are indigenous varieties that grow at altitude in tiny vineyards on the steep mountain slopes. All the vineyards are almost totally worked by hand and some of the vines are amongst the last remaining in Europe with their original stems, not having been effected by phyloxera. The total quantities available are miniscule and the bottles are all numbered by hand. The grappa made by discontinuous distillation in very small batches emerges literally drop by drop. This slow traditional process draws out all the aromas and character that is typical to each grape variety. Distillates of the highest quality, they are beautifully packaged in small 500ml bottles. Whilst only Petit Rouge, Blanc de Morgex, Torette and our special 1983 are available throughout Italy and beyond, the others sometimes produced only in hundreds of bottles are only available directly in the Valle D’Aosta.

 

GRAPPA 1983 SMOKEY

500 ml / 48% vol.

A grappa of unique character distilled in a small Alambic on an open flame in the old distillery destroyed in the floods that hit the Aosta Valley in the year 2000.
The casks were saved but the age certification was lost and it remained untouched for many years.
Using modern carbon-14 dating it has been traced to 1983. Today it reveals all the characteristics of a classic distillate with intense and long flavours, hints of smoke, tobacco and spices reminiscent of the traditional art of mountain distillation.

GRAPPA MOSCATO DI CHAMBAVE

Grape: Muscat from Chambave
Refined in oak barrels
Aromatic
500 ml / 40% vol.

A wonderfully perfumed grape variety. The vineyards are at an altitude of between 500 and 800m with low rainfall and high average temperatures during the day, contrasting with cool, almost cold nights in Summer. Distillation in small alembics then maturation in oak barrels to produce a grappa with the delicious aroma of Muscat grapes and hints of elderflower, honey and rose. The taste is rounded, well-balanced and smooth.

GRAPPA PICOTENDRO

Grape: Nebbiolo from Donnas
Refined in oak barrels
Velvet-smooth
500 ml / 40% vol.

The local name of Nebbiolo in Aosta refers to the small and tender grapes which are grown in narrow terraced vineyards in the high mountain slopes above the valley. The grape skins are distilled to give a rounded, well-balanced grappa which is aged for a short period in small oak barrels. Distinctive taste of cherries with notes of almonds, pepper and tobacco.

GRAPPA TORRETTE

Grape: Petit Rouge 75%, 25% other grapes
Refined in oak barrels
Full blooded
500 ml / 43% vol.

Torrette is the Aosta Valley’s most famous DOC wine, produced with indigenous grapes such as Petit Rouge, Vien de Nus, Cornalin and Premetta, grown in high altitude vineyards from 600 to 800 metres throughout the valley on both sides of the Dora Baltea river. The marc distilled in small discontinuous copper stills, gives a grappa that is quite dry with strong flavours. Hints of forest fruits blend well with those of vanilla and spices. This refined grappa becomes increasingly rounded and complex with age.

GRAPPA BLANC DE MORGEX

Grape: Prié Blanc, indigenous to the Aosta Valley
Refined in oak barrels
Velvet-smooth
500 ml / 42% vol.

This grappa is batch distilled in small copper stills in tiny batches from the vinaccia of the Prié Blanc grape.
The strain known as Blanc de Morgex is considered an autoctonous variety of the Aosta valley where it grows as high as 1,200 metres on the steep slopes of Mont Blanc. Amongst the highest in Europe, these hardy vines escaped Phyloxera and some are hundreds of years old.
They produce a grappa of great finesse with intense aromas of fresh grapes, elegant, soft and pleasant flavours with hints of traditional renette apple and pineapple.

GRAPPA PETITE ARVINE

Grape: Petit Arvine D.O.C.
Refined in oak barrels
Aromatic
500 ml / 40% vol.

Probably the most classic and best-known white grape of the Aosta Valley. With its thick-skinned berries giving such delicious fruit, the grape skins used for distillation are full of the essential aromatics that give such a high-quality spirit. The result is a fragrant and fruity grappa with fresh notes reminiscent of alpine flowers. Delicious when drunk slightly chilled.

GRAPPA PETIT ROUGE

Grape: Petit Rouge D.O.C.
Refined in oak barrels
Full-blooded
500 ml / 48% vol.

Tis grappa is distilled from the marc of the rare red variety, Petit Rouge. We use the grape skins from the vineyards on the left of the Dora Baltea river, the 16 Acres of vineyards of the Enfer (Inferno) d’Arvier, the oldest DOC in the Valle d’Aosta, a natural amphitheatre of incredible beauty. Its steep south facing terraced slopes at over 800 metres capture the warm summer sun which is stored in the rocks maintaining a unique hot micro climate. Distillation takes place in small copper stills and the result is the most characteristic grappa of the valley. It is robust yet well balanced, quite dry with attractive notes of strawberries.

CHAUDELUNE

Grape: Prié Blanc
Aromatic
500 ml / 42% vol.

An aromatic grappa made from grapes which are harvested on freezing winter nights and then fermented in oak barrels to produce an unusually concentrated wine. We distil the grape skins in small direct-heat copper alembics which fully extract the unique flavours. The resulting grappa is packed with intense aromas of dried fruit and flowers. The after-taste is long and full.