D&D owns one-fifth of a hectare of the native Petite Arvine vines in 2 parcels on steep, south-east facing slopes. They use Guyot pruning, a more recent innovation in the region, to keep yields to a low 45 hectolitre per hectare. The grapes are picked late September, de-stemmed and given 12 hours of cold maceration on the skins and then pressed. The must is cleared and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The lees are periodically circulated in the tank and there is no malolactic fermentation for the Petite Arvine. In January, the cellar is cooled and the white wines are cold stabilized and racked in preparation for bottling in February. A truly alpine white wine, with a striking bouquet of flowers and citrus and a long, fresh, complex palate with notes of pear, mango, citrus and spices. 14% alcohol.
About the Producer
D&D Maison Agricole, located on the mountainside above the town of Aosta, was founded by the Dellio family in 2002. Their ancestors had owned vines on the Valdostan hills since the early 1900s, but it was only in 2002 that the family decided to found a wine producing estate and begin bottling their wines. Daniella and her children Daisy and Denis resolved to maintain the family’s holdings and recover abandoned sites that were also part of their heritage. The domaine now comprises 3 hectares across many parcels, all on steep slopes in the commune of Aosta at about 600 meters of altitude, overlooking the Dora Baltea River. The hot and dry summer climate in the vicinity of the commune of Aosta – the warmest microclimate of the region - fosters a healthy natural ambiance in the vineyards. The southeast exposure on steep, 50 degree slopes ensures ample ripening. The soils are a mix of loose glacial debris of crushed rock and sand with many stones – all of which impart complexity to the wines while providing warming influence.
Farming/vinification practices: sustainable. The vines are cultivated by hand and no pesticides or herbicides are used. The grapes are all hand harvested and selected in the vineyard before transport to the winery in small plastic crates. The Dellio’s cool aging cellar is dug into the hillside, under the family home.
D&D Maison Agricole