Native wine grapes Mayolet of 18th centery
Native wine grapes Mayolet of 18th centery
A vineyard is often characterised by its terroir, a French term loosely translating as “a sense of place” that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations, which may be imparted in the wine.
Riddling is a step in the traditional method of making sparkling wine.
Pinot gris history and tasting tour in Aosta Valley
Châtel-Argent was an Italian medieval castle, in the Alpine town of Villeneuve, but today it is a ruin. Châtel-Argent, as with many other castles in the region, overlooks the Dora Baltea River which runs through the Aosta Valley.
Cornalin d’Aoste is a red wine producing grape variety grown in the Valais region in Switzerland.
In Switzerland’s Valais, an Arvine variety appears to have been documented back in 1602 under the name Arvena, believed to mean "upstart” or “new arrival"
You’ll spellbound by technicolor aquamarine color of Lake Place-Moulin in Aosta Valley
Walking is the best way to visit a protected area...
Dream of making fresh pasta from scratch? Make your dream a reality. We will teach you the secrets in our pasta class in Courmayeur.
Wine without Love OR Love without Wine?
Long sunny days, Alpine meadows and lakes, farmers markets and enough adventure activities to keep the biggest adrenaline junkies grinning from ear to ear all week.
The Valdostane breed of cattle is distinguished by its rustic appearance and dual production purpose: meat and milk.
The word originates from the word “cappuccio”, which means “hood” in Italian, and the “-ino” ending makes it what’s called the “diminutive.” So, “cappuccino” means “little hood.”
The first newspapers appeared in ancient Rome in the second century AD
Think of Gamay as the little brother of Pinot Noir that never received all the attention and accolades that his older sibling did.
The most celebrated holiday in Italy (after Christmas, of course) is Pasqua, the Italian word for “Easter”.
Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (Moscato Bianco in Italy) is the oldest member of the Muscat family, which places it in good standing as one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. The variety is named for its small berries and seeds (petits grains), as is its red-skinned mutation Muscat à Petit Grains Rouges.
A wide variety of types of wine corks and bottle stoppers exist to preserve wine
This grape variety today is cultivated in nearly all worldwide wine cultivation territory and in Aosta Valley is able to produce great wines. It adapts well to maturation in wood and finds its greatest harmony in being matched with red meats in general in addition to with long-curing cheeses.
Wine tasting tour at the best winery of Aosta Valley with sommelier and winemaker.
April Fools’ day is known in Italy as pesce d’aprile.
The original castle was typical of the style built between the X and XII centuries. It was originally composed by one tower, over the years it has been expanded several times until the XV century, when it acquired its current appearance.
The vineyards near Mont-blanc are some of the highest in Europe, and the subsequent wines have a distinctively Alpine character; made from the seldom-seen Prié Blanc grape variety, they are fresh, delicate and floral with a marked minerality.
Valle d'Aosta Lard d'Arnad is a relatively old specialty. The First written records date back to 1763.
To the south, at the entrance of the Valley, the most common and cultivated vine is Nebbiolo, which is called "Pictendro" here, and which in Italy famouse in Piedmont, Lombardy and the Aosta Valley.
The word "quarantine" from Italian “quaranta” means Forty, it appeared in the 14th century in Venice.
On May 31th, we lead a wine tour at the best wineries of the Aosta Valley.
The Italians word «spaghetti» comes from spago - "thread/rope"
Chardonnay is the world’s most popular and important grape for producing white wine
The carnival of Ivrea is one of Italy's most spectacular thanks to one enterprising ingredient - the Battle of the Oranges
A Coppa dell'amicizia or friendship cup is a traditional Lombardic wooden cup, originating from mountainous Valle d'Aosta of Italy region and used for drinking specially prepared coffee drink in a good company of friends.
Pets are part of our families so it's logical that you would want to include them in your family holiday in Aosta Valley.
Enjoy your excursion in Chamonix accompanied by a local tourist guide
The name Fumin comes from fumo, the Italian word for smoke, because of the smoky character of wines made from it...
Unknown places in Chamonix Valley
The wine tasted directly from the winery has a special flavor. The territory, its perfumes, the history of wine is all around you...
Pinot noir is a very versatile grape, that can be used to make both red and white wines.
Ciao is the most famous Italian word. Even if it will sound strange, it entered the Italian language only in the 20th century.
Tannat is a red-wine grape whose origins lie in the Basque country, on the border between France and Spain. Here, in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, the terrain is rough and rugged, so it is only fitting that Tannat should create wines which are equally deep, dark, dry and rustic.
It occupies the summit of a rocky spur which commands Brusson and most of the Val d'Ayas. In medieval times, it communicated through flag or mirror messages with the nearby Bonot Tower and the Villa Castle in Challand-Saint-Victor.
According to a legend, a large treasure lies buried under the castle.
Aosta Valley - the perfect pick for an autumn break! Feel the weight of the grapes in the palm of your hand and smell the rocky soils beneath your feet. Get ready to have fun throughout the day with winery visits, wine and food tastings.
Carlo Cussetti realized the ornamental paintings, while panelled ceilings, woodworks and furniture, inspired by the Middle Ages
Animals who work in vineyards
This adult beverage has grown to become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic drinks.
The best 5 italian aperitifs!
No matter the season, Courmayeur offers stunning views on the Mont-Blanc ant the glaciers
According to the most-watched school of esotericism, Turin is a city “frontier”: the one that is part of both the white magic triangle (Turin-Lyon-Prague) than that of black magic (Turin-London-San Francisco ).
Do you know the history of the Italian wine name “Est! Est! Est!”?
In the origin and evolution of wine history, mythology and legend get mixed up.
The Little St Bernard Pass – or Col Du Petit St Bernard to be strictly accurate – links the Aosta Valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc to the French side of the mountain.
Why is there an indentation (punt) in the bottom of a wine bottle? We don’t have one answer for you but 4!
The stunning Lake Annecy is like something from a dream. You’ll have to pinch yourself to believe this surreal lake is really there.
People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are amongst the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. This makes sense because the Romans made the most contributions to the ancient art of viniculture
Are you looking for an outdoor activity for big groups? Do you want to promote your village, your town or your company with a sensational event?
The vineyards near Mont-blanc are some of the highest in Europe, and the subsequent wines have a distinctively Alpine character;
Wonderful summer full-day tour from Courmayeur to Gran Paradiso Park and Aosta town
Where did risotto originate? In northern Italy in the XV century, the Lombardy plains were cleared to establish rice fields.
The Pythagorean Cup Will Keep You From Drinking Too Much
The tradition of gifting flowers in Italy is a long and storied one. It dates back to Roman times, when the cult of ‘Flora’ the Goddess of nature, was popularized by Sabine Emperor named Titus...
Easter – which is Pasqua in Italian, is marked by services in churches throughout the country, as well as a big meal enjoyed at home with family.
Franciacorta is a unique charming land very close to Milan. Its ancient origin was shaped by Nature itself, who created a wonderful and amazing landscape. It’s a land able to astonish everybody for colors and for its most precious treasure: the wine.
You might think that there’s little to no difference between bottles of bubbly. Champagne and prosecco are two totally different terms whose meanings are different in important ways.
We’re entering high season for frozen treats! Truthfully, we’ll eat most of these no matter what name they go by, but is there really a difference between ice cream and gelato? Or is gelato just a fancier name for regular ole’ ice cream?
What do you know about Italian trandition?
The first to popularize the cheese outside of the valley were English travellers who were passing through on their way to Italy.
Winter is arriving and it's a time to talk about hot drinks!
10 of the oddest aromas you can find in wine and what they mean:
Italy has consistently been a world leader in wine production. Over its long history, modern Italy evolved from a loose collection of city-states.
Take a whiff. Does it smell like wet cardboard? Your mother’s mildewy basement? Dirty socks?
Because if it does, you might have a corked bottle on your hands.
Aosta was settled in proto-historic times and later became a center of the Salassi. By 25 BC, many of the Salassi were killed or sold into slavery by the Romans...
You can buy a fresh alpine air! The air is collected from various locations around the Swiss Alps and compressed into an aerosol can. It comes with an attached face mask to assist with breathing. A 7-liter can of air cost $21 and contains enough air for over 120 breaths, which is around 10 min of use.
100.000 years ago the ibex lived in all the rocky regions of central Europe. It was also a sours of inspiration for the Palaeolithic people who drew it in the caves in which they lived...
In summer, Courmayeur is the ideal place to find your balance in a fabulous alpine environment with an amazing immaculate nature.
The Aosta Valley Torrette is like Prosecco in Veneto: it's 100% indigenous wine, which everyone knows and which is characterised by its strong connection with a territory that gives its unique and special organoleptic qualities.
The Petite Arvine native in the Swiss Valais, it was introduced to Valle d’Aosta in the 1970s by the Institut Agricole of Valle d’Aosta.
Fantastic traverse of the glacier of Mont Blanc! it starts start at the Helbronner peak (3462m), summit of the italian cable car Sky Way, to Aiguille du Midi (3842m) summit terrace of France. This walk can be done also in contrariwise
Dear friends, here you see one of the most beautiful high-altitude route in the Mont Blanc massif! It is suitable for both adults and children and don't require any special sport preparation.
Val Veny and Val Ferret offer walks and treks for everyone, with enchanting alpina views.
Spectacular itineraries to admire Mont Blanc in all its grandeur and at a close distance.
What makes a place unique?
When, over the centuries, Mont Blanc projected its sinister shadow over the valleys that lay at its feet, the people who lived there were deeply afraid of the great mountain which in fact was called Mont Maudit (cursed mountain).
Saturday, April 15, 2017, hotels of Courmayeur welcome the winemakers: a chance to discover the gastronomic excellences of the territory.
High above the rooftops and valleys, visitors to Pila have the most spectacular start to the year.
We let you in on the best New Year's celebrations in Aosta Valley's resorts and on the mountain tops.
Canyoning is a fantastic, pulse-racing sport that you can begin at any level of fitness. See our blog with pictures and video of Canyoning adventure in Aosta Valley
The activity takes place in a day, and you will be accompanied by a professional ski instructor in a group up to 8 people. Fun is guaranteed!