The Valle d’Aosta is a deep valley that runs east to west, closed off just before the French border by some of the highest peaks in the Alps. Vineyards here are like little gardens clinging to steep south-facing mountainsides, where only a thin layer of sandy topsoil lines the hard granite bedrock. Abundant direct sun and cold nights amplify the aromatic expression of the local grapes while preserving zingy acidity, a recipe for delicate, perfumed wines that dance energetically across the palate. Sipping Feuillet’s Petite Arvine evokes the euphoria of running through a field of Alpine wildflowers—admittedly a cliché, until you feel the exacting mineral purity of this floral bianco wash over your senses.
Fumin is another compelling, yet extremely rare grape variety endemic to the Valle d’Aosta. From the very first deep purple splash, Château Feuillet’s rendition carries vivid wild berry notes of an almost startling vibrancy—it is simply bursting with juicy fresh fruit! With some air, subtle hints of stones, graphite, herbs, and smoke emerge, providing intrigue in addition to sheer pleasure. Heightened aromatics and tangy acidity betray its origins high in the Alps: Fumin truly is, as Feuillet’s vigneron Maurizio Fiorano puts it, “an age-old pearl of local enology.”
Schiava is the locals’ daily drinking red in Alto Adige—the fuel to help them get through cold, dark winters and the thirst quencher to savor chilled once the sun finally comes out and beats down on the region’s charming mountain towns. Low alcohol, barely any tannin, and a clean, stony finale make Carlotto’s Schiava dangerously easy to quaff, with or without food. We don’t get much of it, so don’t miss your chance to snag a bottle or two and see why it’s so tempting to down this gentle red in big gulps, all the way to the last little drop!
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