Red Grapes: Cornalin, Fumin, Mayolet, Nebbiolo, Petit Rouge, Prëmetta, Vuillermin, Gamaret, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Syrah
White Grapes: Petite Arvine, Prie Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris
Aging Requirements: 5 months from December 1st, year of the harvest.
Characteristics: Winemaking in the Val d'Aosta is a challenge. Cheap, large scale production is simply not an option, and those that are willing to put in the effort to make any wine at all here tend to be passionate, dedicated people. Many of the region's best wines use only the Valle d'Aosta designation, particularly for grapes like Cornalin, Premetta, Petite Arvine and others that do not have a 'home' subzone. The subzones themselves, though they have their own rules governing what grapes are allowed and from where, are not DOCs in their own right but part the Valle d'Aosta DOC as well.
Valle d'Aosta is the Italian spelling, you may also see the French Vallée d'Aoste on labels. Both reds and whites from the Val d'Aosta have a bright, high toned fruit character that comes from the cool, alpine climate.