We are proud to be the California importer of these excellent, unique wines from a tiny winery in a tiny wine region, from the serious, very hard working and quality obsessed.
Elio Ottin is farming on the edge, these vines are a high as they will naturally ripen, thus giving a distinct, vibrant, engaging Alpine profile. Learn more.
In the North West of Italy, the Valle d’Aosta is its smallest wine region. The long, narrow valley formed by the River Dora Baltea, is the connecting link to France and Switzerland. The rugged alpine terrain here, is postcard stunning and the vines grow on insanely steep, terraced hillsides overlooking the magnificent land below. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur, Zermatt and Chamonix this is some of the most stunning scenery in Italy.
OTTIN (Viticulteur- Encaveur) ottinvini.it
This small, seven hectare winery (2800 cs / yr) was first founded in 1989 and then fully formed in 1999, when Elio started life as a full time winegrower/farmer.
At 600-700 meters in the calcareous, sand, rocky thin soils.
A grape that migrated from the Swiss Canton of Valais. Famous for grapefruit, chamomile, lime blossoms, wet stone and white floral hints. Ages well. Raised in 100% stainless steel. 700 cases produced. The only white wine of the estate.
An alpine blend of 80% Petit Rouge (ancient native VdA grape), 10% Cornalin, 10% Fumin. Raised in 800 gallon casks. 350 cases produced. Red plums, spices, bouillon, black berries, an almost Cab Franc like profile but with more spice.
A VdA native, difficult to grow and late budding, it is ideally suited to the cold climate and challenging weather of the valley. Spicy, vibrant, crunchy and lively with acid and zest, it is a perfect example of the cold alpine wines of the VdA.
750 cases produced. Very few VdA estates bottle a Fumin on its own. Elio likes a challenge…
Raised in 800 gallon and 500 gallon casks. 750 cases produced. A Burgundian clone planted in 1989. Delicate and lovely, almost Schiava like, sour cherry, bitter red fruits, light in body and color but sneaky persistence.