Feuillet’s Petite Arvine is from the Valle d’Aosta region in the most northwestern corner of Italy. The varietal Petite Arvine is thought to be native to Switzerland and is grown widely in the Valais region there. There is some debate on its true origin though but one thing that is for sure is that it is a true Alpine grape and only found in Valais and Valle d’Aosta. Started by Maurizio Fiorano in 1997 after he left his job as a surveyor and began to make wine, from inherited vineyards, for his family’s inn. Production is tiny and exports are limited to certain countries and regions. The terroir of the Valle d’Aosta is actually perfect for grapes. Long gentle sunny days, cool nights, shallow sandy soils with granite below and the wind all work together to form an exceptionally long, slow ripening season. The 3000 ft elevation above sea level gives the wines lift and friskiness in both the reds and whites. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and great care is taken to preserve the environment of the area.