Province of Aosta
Owner: Elio Ottin
Winemaker: Elio Ottin
Production: 30,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 6
Elio Ottin is the rising star of Valle d’Aosta, the smallest of Italy’s regions located in the alps bordering France and Switzerland. Elio, a passionate farmer, was selling his fruit to the local cooperative (very common in these parts due to the small land holdings) when he decided to vinify his own wines, beginning in 2007.
The region, home to the highest vineyards in Europe, is truly viticoltura di montagna. Winters here are long and freezing and the summers, although warm, are short. Working the land is incredibly labour intensive: individual land holdings are small, traditionally mixed use, and most vineyards are terraced on the steep hillsides. Elio’s six hectares are planted on the south facing hills of Aosta, Saint-Christophe and Quart at about 600 metres.
Elio’s Petite Arvine displays a complex nose with typical mountain freshness and notes of hay, honey, citrus and hawthorn blossom. For an oak-free wine, the palate shows considerable body and flavour. In Aosta, it would pair with cheese, sausage, ham, veal and other robust alpine foods. Locally, we think it goes particularly well with shellfish and seafood.
Torrette Superieur, known simply as Torrette, is a red blend of two local grapes, 90% Petit Rouge and 10% Cornalin. Aged in stainless steel only, this is elegant with juicy red berry fruit and spice and a crisp, refreshing palate. Great with the local ham!
Petite Arvine DOP
Pinot Noir DOP
Torrette Superieur DOP