Grosjean Frères Although a very limited amount of wine issues from this region,
Valle d’Aosta offers a surprisingly diverse and rather
esoteric grape population, representing Italian, French, and
Swiss varieties. While this international array is confusing
in and of itself, it becomes even more so given the labeling
protocol, which admits both varietal and geographic identification,
as well as the usage of Italian and French. Also, Valle d’Aosta
maintains its own unusual nomenclature for certain grapes:
Nebbiolo goes by the name Picotendro and Pinot Grigio is referred
to as Malvoisie (specifically in Chambave). Of the 13 recognized
indigenous varietals, Petit Rouge (the basis of both Torrette
DOC wines) and Fumin are the most widespread.
The Frères Grosjean portfolio represents the indigenous
Petit Arvine, Premetta, and Fumin in varietal-labeled bottles
and the Torrette DOC wines. Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Malvoisie
represent Grosjean’s French varietal contingent.