Vallee d'Aosta, Italy

Doug discovered this cooperative producer on a trip in Northwest Italy in 2005. This rugged alpine terrain is more suited to the grazing of animals than to the cultivation of the vine, and the vineyards-for the most part on hillsides (see hillside vineyards) on either side of the Dora Baltea before the land rises to impossible altitudes-are frequently terraced into dizzyingly steep slopes. No more than 30,000 hl/790,000 gal of wine is produced in an average year, of which only about 4,000 hl/105,200 gal qualifies as DOC. A good deal of it is sold privately either to the thriving tourist trade or to the intense flow of motorists which passes through the region.

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