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About the Producer
The autonomous Valle d'Aosta or Vallée d'Aoste is the smallest, least populated and most mountainous region of Italy. It is here that in 1999 Ermes Pavese and his wife Milena started making wine under their name in the village of Le Ruine in the commune of Morgex, on the Italian side of the Monte Bianco or Mont Blanc.
Ermes and Milena personally follow the entire process from vineyard to bottling. Their vineyards, five hectares at altitudes that go from 900 to 1,200 metres above sea level, are among the highest in Europe. Prié Blanc is the only variety that is grown and all vines are ungrafted, thanks to high altitudes and sandy soils that prevent the phylloxera louse from completing its life cycle. Globally, the plantings of Prié Blanc amount to less than 40 hectares, most of which are to be found in the communes of Morgex and La Salle. Given the difficulties of growing grapes at such high altitudes in an alpine environment, vintages can be quite variable, particularly in terms of yields. In 2017 Ermes lost 99% of production due to frost in April. Luckily, the 2018 vintage saw production back at normal levels.
Wine & Food Matching Ideas
Try it with
Fish tacos with spicy grape salsa
We've got worlds and flavours colliding in this pairing. As much as I love classic regional wine and food matches, it's also fun to experiment! The spicy grape salsa caught my eye, as well as Carolina's love of zesty flavours. The wine is not as exuberant as the dish, but it's a perfect companion offering refreshing and fruity flavour in between bites.