Highest vineyards in Europe

26 August 2010 Published in Valle D'Aosta Food

Some of the highest cultivated vineyards in Europe are situated at 1200 meters above sea level in a small area of the region called Valdigne, near Mont Blanc.  The wine is produced exclusively with the 'Blanc de Morgex'. The origins are lost but more than likely developed from an indigenous strain suited to the difficult climate.

It is a grape whose life cycle is extremely fast thanks to a delayed germination period followed by a rapid maturing phase. The mature bunches are still crushed under foot and the altitude kills common bugs which affect many other wines.

It was first documented in the 8th century AD but no doubt existed in Roman times. From 1983 the 'Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle' has been a limited company and represents some 80% of the producers in the area.

The society produces a DOC, a table wine, a champagne as well as a Grappa. The table wine has the evocative title 'White from the Glaciers' and is a fruity dry drink with 9° to 10.5° alcohol.

It is produced at an altitude of 900 to 1200 metres and is ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a delicate antipasti. It should always be drunk young.