Experiences

The pleasure of discovering the Aosta Valley DOC wines

La Vrille - Degustazione in cantina

In the cellar

Our cosy wine cellar with its local green stone ceiling and antique wine press is the perfect setting to fill you in on the history of winemaking in Valle d’Aosta while sipping one of our wine labels. Moscato di Chambave, one of the region’s characteristic wines and flagship of our wine production, is sure to be one of them.

Wine tastings begin with a leisurely stroll outside the cellar before a visit to the winemaking premises.

La Vrille - Degustazioni in vigna

In the vineyard

During the summer months, from the start of May until the end of September, the pleasant weather and clear skies draw you out into the surrounding countryside and open air.

Accordingly, our wine tasting experiences begin from the wine cellar and winery and progress into our vineyards.

This short journey comes to a close on a small sunny terrace affording an incredible view over the central valley and the region’s peaks: here we linger to take in the full flavour of our DOC Vallée d’Aoste wines.

La Vrille - Picnic in vigna

Picnic
in vineyard

Il picnic firmato La Vrille ti consente di scoprire l’anfiteatro naturale che si estende alle spalle della nostra cantina durante una pausa degustazione en plein air! Prenota il tuo cestino e goditi un momento di totale relax degustando i nostri vini accompagnati dai migliori prodotti caseari e salumi del territorio, scegliendo in piena autonomia uno dei cinque punti tappa ombreggiati presenti nei vigneti.

In omaggio un bicchiere e una pochette firmati La Vrille, un cavatappi personalizzato e la mappa dei luoghi.
Le bottiglie che non vengono consumate in vigna, potete naturalmente portarle a casa (come sempre, bevete responsabilmente).

La Vrille - Aperò in terrazza

Aperò
in terrazza

Sopra la barricaia, dove i vini affinano lentamente in legno, abbiamo ricavato uno spazio all’aperto che si affaccia sulle vette della valle centrale, con una piacevole vista sui filari che circondano la cantina. Un angolo discreto e protetto dai filari della vite, dove amiamo servire il nostro Aperò!

La proposta nasce per condividere con gli amici un momento di degustazione dei nostri vini accompagnati da un ricco buffet salato (e dolce, se vorrete). L’Aperò in terrazza è infatti pensato per i piccoli gruppi, da otto persone in su, che cercano attimi di tranquilla convivialità, alla scoperta dei profumi e dei sapori più autentici delle montagne valdostane.

In caso di maltempo, la degustazione è organizzata in cantina.

The vineyard map

La mappa dei vigneti La Vrille

Waypoints

1 / La Vrille, Verrayes

Our small family-run winery stems from the passion of Hervé Deguillame, a fervent wine grower-producer (viticulteur-encaveur). Born in Marseille, after his service in the French Navy for a few years, he has devoted himself to the old family vineyards in the Aosta Valley.

His wine company has been growing grapes since the early 1990s and saw its first vinification in 2005. Since then, innovation and tradition have coexisted harmoniously.

La Vrille, the tendril in English, is the plant organ that the vine uses to cling and support itself throughout its growth. GOTTA KNOW THAT

2 / Chambave and ...

The Valle d’Aosta DOC or Vallée d’Aoste DOC (PDO – Protected Designation of Origin) which has covered Aosta Valley wines since 1971, comprises 7 sub-areas, including “Chambave”, our headquarters location. It is characterized by the red Chambave, its muscat and the incredible passito (straw wine).

Muscat de Chambave is already mentioned in some texts at the end of the 14th century (the year was 1389, at the court of the Savoy…).

We are talking about the Moscato bianco (white Muscat), called “à petit grain”, a traditional Aosta Valley grape variety that we process as a dry wine (Chambave Muscat) and as a straw wine (Chambave Muscat Flétri), which involves natural drying grape process where grapes are laid on racks.

3 / Nature and man

It all starts with the work in the vineyard, where we devote special and respectful care to the plant to avoid unnecessary vineyard treatments, up to the harvest where the bunches of grapes are healthy and mature.

We work almost entirely by hand and there are many ancillary processes that allow us to have strong plants and unfavorable conditions for diseases. The products we use are friendly to the environment, to the plants and, in short, to people.

In the cellar, then, with the human help, nature takes its course.

4 / Native vines

The area in which we are located is known for the careful recovery and cultivation of native varieties, that is vineyards that originated in our region.

In the company, in addition to Muscat, we process Cornalin, Fumin, Petit Rouge and Vuillermin (the latter being a true rarity!). All of them are grown mainly, if not exclusively, in their home territory.

These vines, a source of biodiversity and uniqueness of the Aosta Valley territory, have been valued since the nineties, thanks to the identification and selection activities promoted by Institut Agricole Régional.

5 / Interregional grape varieties

Just a step away from us, in the “lower” Aosta Valley and in Piedmont, the famous Nebbiolo is grown. This vine, blended with other grapes, gives life to “Clairet de Chambave”.

At one time, “Chiaretto di Ciambava” followed a vinification similar to the fortified ones and gave rise to a wine that was consumed after 5/6 years of aging in barrels. Back in 1494 this wine was mentioned in documents stating that it was served at the castle of Issogne to Charles VIII, King of France, in large chiseled Murano stem glasses with the House of Challant coat of arms.

Crossing into nearby Valais, Switzerland, it is easy to come across Petite Arvine vineyards, a vine that expresses its best with great elegance and with an intense aroma profile also in our region, characterized by significant altitudes, arid soils and sunny exposures.

6 / Heroic viticulture

Our winery and all our vineyards are located between the Municipalities of Verrayes and Chambave, in the center of the Aosta Valley, at 670 meters above sea level. They are located along the Via Francigena route and its terraces offer a splendid view of Mont Avic and Mont Emilius.

Here, as throughout the region, we cultivate despite the many challenges posed by the soil and climate, through a heroic viticulture, on very steep slopes, often terraced, with cold and snowy winters, and hot and dry summers.

Very little mechanization, very low productivity, very hard work… and wines of extreme finesse and quality, able to make the most of the territory and the vignerons know-how.

7 / Reaching Marseiller

Looking up, beyond the Petite Arvine vineyards and the ancient terraces made with dry-stone walls, you can see an old path that leads to the village of Marseiller.

There, you can find a chapel that carries the same name, a small and rare treasure built during the first half of the 15th century, famous for its frescoes by the painter Giacomino d’Ivrea depicting classic themes of the Christian religious tradition, such as the Last Judgment, the Adoration of the Magi, the Massacre of the Innocents.

An unexpected place, secluded and lying on a panoramic promontory where one day, not too far away, we will cultivate our vineyards, a link between the valley floor and the highest hamlets.

8 / Aromatic herbs

The Aosta Valley has a climate strongly influenced by its topography. The central area, where we are located, facing south, isolated from the wet Mediterranean and Atlantic currents, has a microclimate with a high degree of dryness, with rainfall even less than 500 mm/year.

Here you will find some xerothermic oasis with Mediterranean plants, such as thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and species typical of arid areas, such as wild fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.) and common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium L).

The scents of these aromatic herbs characterize our vineyards and give scents of great interest and finesse to our wines, especially Muscat de Chambave, with its floral and fruity bouquet in which are perceived apricot, peach, sage and thyme.

9 / The cellar and barrel house

The care we pay to the cultivation of the vineyard goes on in our cellar carved into the rock, where the natural processes for winemaking are followed without unnecessary and excessive wine manipulations.

In the winemaking room there are temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; two steps further on, there is the room dedicated to the drying of our passito “Chambave Muscat Flétri”.

Some of our red wines are aged in tonneaux in the vaulted barrel house, built with the green stone of Verrayes. This same small and cozy place hosts tasting moments. The company has always worked with a focus on quality and the territory, with a limited annual production.