French is Spoken Here

La Kiuva owns 15 hectares of vines located between 380 and 500 metres on steep slopes

The Vallee d’Aosta is in the uppermost north-west of Italy. Bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north, French is widely spoken and is the official language alongside Italian in the Vallee d’Aosta.

Alpine in climate, weather and landscape, the 60 growers who are members of La Kiuva own 15 hectares of vines located dazzlingly between 380 and 500 metres above sea level on steep slopes, some of the highest vineyards in the world.

The Vallee d’Aosta is bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north

The soil is sandy and alkaline. Combined with the very cool/cold climate, the wines of Vallee d’Aosta are tinglingly fresh, aromatic, elegant and insatiably refined.

La Kiuva, situated in the village of Arnad, produces only around 6,000 cases of wine a year.

Rouge de Vallee is La Kiuva’s most impressive red.

It has to be made from a minimum 70% Nebbiolo which is called Picotendro in the local language. The rest of the varieties are Gros Vien, Neyret, Cornalin and Fumin. Hand-harvested in mid-October, fermentation is in stainless-steel tanks. Following this, one-third is aged in oak barrels for eight months and two-thirds in stainless steel tanks.

La Kiuva Rouge de Vallee 2018*
If you love Burgundy and Pinot Noir, you will enjoy this. The same would be true if you like Barbaresco and Barolo except that Rouge de Vallee is lighter than those Piemontese reds. Seventy percent of the wine has to comprise Nebbiolo which is known locally as Picotendro. Bright, shining ruby. Aromatic and fruity. Raspberries and strawberries. Fruit and smooth tannins are delivered by vitality, drive and freshness. Serve this in a large Burgundy glass. Outstanding with duck and lamb.

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