The autonomous Valle d’Aosta or Vallée d’Aoste is the smallest, least populated and most mountainous region of Italy. It is here that in 1999 Ermes Pavese and his wife Milena started making wine under their name in the village Le Ruine in the Commune of Morgex, on the Italian side of the Monte Bianco. They follow personally the entire process from vineyard to bottling. Their vineyards, 5 hectares at altitudes that go from 900 to 1200 metres above sea level , are among the highest in Europe.
Prié Blanc is the only variety that is grown and all vines are un-grafted, thanks to high altitudes and sandy soils that prevent the Phylloxera louse from completing its life cycle. The whole planting of Prié Blanc in the world amounts to less than 40 hectares, most of which are to be found in the communes of Morgex and La Salle.
Given the difficulties of growing grapes at such high altitudes in an alpine environment, vintages can be quite variable, particularly in terms of yields. However, 2016 was an excellent vintage with good production and exceptional quality: the Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle is vinified completely in stainless steel after a gentle pressing. The resulting wine displays delicate floral and herbal notes and a hint of spice and citrus on the intense and long finish..