Petite Arvine is a grape native to Valais, Switzerland that spread across the border to Valle d’Aosta, Italy. Named after the size of its berries, Petite Arvine grows well in high altitudes, which is how it gained its nickname “grape of glaciers.” Affected by the phylloxera epidemic as well as the destruction of both World Wars, Petite Arvine has minimal plantings as it is also susceptible to mildew, botrytis, bunch rot, and mites. A varietal that’s fit for fall, Petite Arvine typically has intense and complex notes of violets and ripe fruit with lively acidity and a creaminess that makes it perfect alongside oysters, foie gras, and grilled fish.
Petite Arvine is a late-ripening white grape, known for its enticing citrus aromas, that has long been produced by local families. And it shines in this bright and bold white from Di Francesco-Gasperi! Fresh and beautifully balanced, with stony minerality, this wine is perfect for autumn days. Just 2,500 bottles were produced — don’t miss this gem!
Grape Photo Credit: Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, GERMANY