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Petit Rouge

Petit Rouge is an old, dark-skinned Aostan variety with a black berry colour. It produces spicy, redcurrant-flavoured wines, making it one of the oldest and most widespread varieties of the Valle d’Aosta.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Petit Rouge has a black berry colour and has aromas of redcurrants and a spicy, fruity taste. Its fruit-forward profile makes it one of the most widespread varieties of the Valle d’Aosta.

Fresh Petit Rouge grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

It is cultivated mainly between Saint-Vincent and Arvier, in particular in Aymavilles, Saint-Pierre and Villeneuve, in north west Italy. It is a late ripening variety, and its varietal wines tend to have aromas of redcurrants and a spicy, fruity taste. Petit Rouge is the most important grape variety of the Valle d’Aosta in Italy’s far north west, and it contributes at least 70% of the blend. It also contributes to a lesser extent to the Nus Rouge and Chambave Rouge DOCs. Petit Rouge pairs well with a variety of dishes, such as charcuterie, salmon, and grilled meats.

Foods to pair with Petit Rouge:

Fish
Smoky
Sausage
Fun Fact about Petit Rouge
According to local tradition, Petit Rouge and other Valle d’Aosta grapes could have been introduced from Burgundy some time after the region became part of the kingdom of Burgundy in the fifth century.

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Grosjean Torrette is a red wine produced by the Grosjean family in the Valle d'Aosta region of Italy. The wine is primarily made from the indigenous grape variety Petit Rouge, grown in the high-altitude vineyards of the Torrette appellation. The vineyards are characterized by steep slopes and rocky soils, which contribute to the wine's unique minerality and complexity. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is medium-bodied with bright acidity and flavors of red fruit, herbs, and spices. Grosjean Torrette is a perfect example of the high-quality wines that can be produced in this lesser-known region of Italy.
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stews
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