La Kiuva cooperative, whose headquarters are in Fraz. Pied de Ville, 42, Arnad, Valle D’Aosta, was founded in 1975. The first consignment to the wine cooperative was in 1979, with 506 quintals.
The cooperative currently includes 60 participating growers, providing a total of 1,000 quintals.
Production isapproximately 70,000 bottles per year.
Many old vineyards in a state of semi-abandonment are currently being re-established to provide a total of 15 hectares of vineyards.
The management covers all aspects, from the choice of plant varieties and clones to their positioning in terms of altitude, exposure and orientation and finally to cultivation practices, thinning out the vines and the harvest itself. The best batches of grapes come from these vineyards, all of which are small or very small in size.
All the vineyards are located between 380 and 500 metres above sea level, with the white and aromatic varieties being planted at the higher levels and the vineyards at the lower levels producing wine with greater structure and body that is aged in wood.
There is a restaurant attached to the co-operative buildings that stocks the wines produced in the cellar below.
It consists of a room seating around 300 people, with a bar and a spacious car park.
WHERE WE ARE
Valle d’Aosta, located in the north east of the Italian peninsula, is the smallest of Italy’s regions. It borders to the north with Switzerland, to the west with France and to the south and east with Piedmont. In Valle d’Aosta the vine is cultivated at the feet of four of Europe's highest mountains, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and the Gran Paradiso.
This prevalently mountainous territory is traversed by a river, the Dora Baltea, and a central valley approximately 80 km in length, which branches off into numerous lateral valleys. The morphological formation of the valley produces natural ventilation that descends from the peaks of the mountains along the lateral valleys and merges in the central corridor.
The Alpine climate is characterised by cold winters with heavy snowfall and cool, breezy summers that favour the cultivation of vines without need for many pesticides. The average annual precipitation is approximately 800-1000 mm and rain is concentrated in the spring and autumn periods.
The wine-producing area in which La Kiuva corporative operates is spread out over the mouth of the valley, from the municipality of Hône to the municipality of Montjovet.
The churches, convents and numerous castles in this strip of Valle d’Aosta, from the most famous ones in Issogne and Verrès to those less well-known in Arnad and Montjovet, bear witness to the vine and human activity throughout the various eras.
The vine arrived in Valle d’Aosta during the military conquests of the Roman Empire, which expanded from the south to the north of Europe.
Seventeen centuries later, the peaceful pilgrims, who set off from Canterbury to arrive in Rome along the Via Francigena after long journeying and numerous stops, contributed, through their wandering, to spreading numerous varieties of seeds, plants and vines, which are still present in Valle d’Aosta. In this way, what we now call “biodiversity” was increased.
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