Coopérative de l'Enfer
The Enfer d’Arvier , an intense and full-bodied wine was one of the first wines from Val d’Aosta to obtain DOC status, in 1972.
The vineyards which give their name to the wine are located in the Municipality of Arvier, mainly on the left bank of the Dora Baltea as you look downstream, in an area traditionally dedicated to viticulture. Today, you can still see the ancient terraces which climb up as far as the base of the overhanging rocky slopes. The shape of the valley forms a natural amphitheatre that allows the vine to develop in optimum conditions, as it is always exposed to the sun, so much so that it earned the name of “inferno”(hell). These terraces, cultivated as vineyards, break the steep mountain slope and most of the work here is done by hand.
The Coopérative de l’Enfer or Co-Enfer, was set up in 1978. It is a cooperative which runs the entire wine-making business, including the bottling and marketing of this wine connoiseur’s wonder. Today, the 107 cooperative members each make their own small contribution towards the annual production of quality wines (about 50 thousand bottles), made with 85% Petit Rouge grapes while the remaining portion is made up of five different grape varieties permitted in the regulations. The result is a well-balanced wine which goes well with meat dishes. The properties of this variety are due to two main factors: the quality of the soil and the sun-drenched surroundings which allow the Petit Rouge, a native variety of grapevine, to make the most of its own characteristics.
When some new members from Avise joined the cooperative in 2005, a new wine went into production: the “Soleil Couchant” made exclusively from the Pinot Gris grapes.
The Vin des Seigneurs also went into production from the same area in 2006. This wine is made exclusively from Mayolet grapes. The Mayolet grapevine is an ancient red-grape variety with local Val d’Aosta origins, already known to Louis Napoléon Bich in the mid-19th century as one of the most highly regarded grape varieties in Val d’Aosta. Now, after years of absence, it has found its place again in Avise. Avise provides ideal conditions for cultivation due to the combination of soil and climate.
Co-Enfer has now moved to its new wine-making premises, where the traditional working procedures have remained unchanged, though supported by highly-advanced technological means. This innovation together with the growing demand for this wine from consumers, has led to new vineyards being planted, which will extend the surface area of vines in this area from the current six hectares to about eight or ten in the coming years. In the local Winegrowers’ Cooperative in Arvier, you can also find an excellent grappa, which is distributed in a limited number of bottles.
Co-Enfer products can be bought in winestores and various small and large retail shops as well as in the sales outlet at the winegrowers’ cooperative. Possibility of booking guided tours round the winery; wine-tasting sessions can also be organised upon request.
Opening hours :
-tuesdays, thursdays, fridays and saturdays: from 10 a.m. to 12 o’clock and from 2 to 6 p.m.
-wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
-closed sundays and mondays.