Institut Agricole Régional
The Institut Agricole Régional had a renaissance in 1982 and broadened its previous experience as a practical agricultural school founded thirty years before. The Institut Agricole is assigned the task of promoting instruction and professional training within the agricultural sector, of skillfully managing its own farm and developing applied research. The strong connection between Education, Farm and Research allows the IAR to combine theory and hands-on practice in the field, achieving satisfying results in a short space of time; this connection is the secret behind the creation of some of the finest Val d’Aosta wines.
Many native species of vine are grown in the selection fields, after being recovered from old vineyards through painstaking research; some of these will become part of the new proposals that the Institut Agricole Régional intends to offer in the years to come. In addition to research on vines and wine, the Institute also takes an interest in other aspects of agriculture in Val d’Aosta: meadows and Alpine pastures, fruit and milk, environment and economy, mechanics and meteorology.
Bookings can be made for tours round the farm from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (except during the grape harvest). The tour is organised in such a way as to highlight the three aspects (training-experimentation-production) which characterise the farm. It includes visits to the production areas (grape harvest reception area, fermentation, refining sector with steel vats and barriques, bottling dept) and illustration of the wine-making systems and current technology. In addition, by prior arrangement, you can also visit the micro wine-production area, the distillery, where they produce grappa, and the vineyards, as well as enjoy a session to taste some of the farm’s produce.
The farm sells its wines and spirits directly in the winery during office hours.