Six under-appreciated grape varieties

Petite Arvine, Valais, Switzerland 

A late ripening white grape variety that has been grown in the Valais in Switzerland since 1602. Petite Arvine, also known as Arvine, develops most of its aromas and complex flavours in the sun-trapped Valais in the southwestern part of Switzerland.

The grape is little known outside as exports are limited but Switzerland was among the first countries to research and preserve their indigenous grapes.

Comparing a Domaine des Muses Petite Arvine 2015 with Greek Assyrtiko, Robinson noted the lower acidity in the Swiss white, attributing it to local producers’ keen use of malolactic fermentation to give wines a softer taste.

Angelo Gaja was impressed with the grape variety and planted it in Piedmont, but, far from its spiritual home, the project did not yield fruitful results.

 

3 Responses to “Six under-appreciated grape varieties”

  1. EXCELLENT ARTICLE…..WILL SEARCH A COUPLE OF THESE WINES OUT.

  2. Linden Wilkie says:

    Who organised the masterclass?

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