"La Crotta di Vegneron" Winegrowers' Cooperative
This area has the driest climate in Val d’Aosta and this is the major factor behind its long-standing and well-established wine-making tradition. The sun-exposed slopes of the “adret di Chambave” have seen numerous vineyards spring up over the years and today their production is mainly taken to the Crotta di Vegneron.
The “cave coopérative” was established in 1980, but the first wine production was in the autumn of 1985. The 60 cooperative members (in 1985 there were only 25) work their own vineyards by hand, in small scattered plots, and deliver their entire grape harvest to the Crotta. There are two Controlled Denomination of Origin (DOC) zones: Chambave and Nus. The first includes the hills of Châtillon, Saint-Vincent, Verrayes, Saint-Denis and Chambave; the other, Nus, also includes the vine growing lands of Fénis and Quart.
These grapes go to produce 18 different wines -15 are DOC wines and 1 are table wines – with a full range of varieties from apertive wines to dessert and meditation wines. The company policy is markedly directed towards making the most of native vines (Petit Rouge, Fumin, Vien de Nus) and traditional vines (Muscat de Chambave, Nus Malvoisie). The production regulations have recently been renewed and, as a consequence, other native vines, such as Mayolet and Cornalin, have been “re-discovered” and earned DOC status The company’s production also centres around vines with more international names: Pinot Noir, Gamay and Muller Thurgau. In addition to wines, the company’s traditional business continues inside the distillery with the production of single-grape grappas, which are some of its best products.
Guided tours round the winery can be reserved for groups of ten or more.
Spoken languages: Italian, French, English.
The winery also disposes of a a sales outlet with possibility of tastings, open in 3, Circonvallazione street at following opening hours:
- Mondays to Saturdays: 10.30 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. and 3. p.m. – 6.45 p.m.
- Sundays: 2.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.