Cave des Onze Communes
LaCave des Onze Communes is part of the most extensive wine-growing district of the Aosta Valley, including no less than five castles: Aymavilles, which overlooks it, and Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Sarriod de la Tour and Châtel-Argent that surround it. From the top of a hill it dominates its vineyards which spread out across the territory of eleven towns and villages (Quart, Saint-Christophe, Aosta, Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Villeneuve, Introd, Aymavilles, Jovençan, Gressan and Charvensod) covering an area of some 57 hectares: 220 members work there, providing the cooperative with their grapes to yield more than 450 thousand bottles each year. This is the home of the famous Torrette, obtained from the native Petit Rouge vine, which realises its maximum potential in this area. This is accompanied by another seven DOC reds: Fumin, Petit Rouge, Pinot Noir (including the barrique version), Gamay, Rosé (produced from a blend of Petit Rouge and Pinot Noir grapes), Cornalin and Mayolet. A number of white DOC wines are also produced, ranging from Müller Thurgau to Petite Arvine , and from Chardonnay to Pinot Gris. Since 2002, Châpiteau has also been produced, the result of late harvesting, based on Chardonnay, which completes its full fermentation cycle in wood. The cooperative's headquarters has a characteristic sales point, open to the public from Monday to Friday, between 14.30 and 18.30 and on Saturdays from 8.30 to 12.30.