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Valle d'Aosta

DOC area (French Vallée d'Aoste) in the Italian region aosta Valley; look there.

The far least Italian region with just under 500 hectares of vineyards is on the border France and the Switzerland, The area is horseshoe-shaped surrounded by the Valais and Cottian Alps. Viticulture was operated long before the turn of the century by the indigenous people of Salassi. In the year 25 BC BC, the Romans founded the fortress "Augusta Prätoria" (today's capital Aosta) and controlled from here the Alpine passes over the little ones and Great St. Bernard. They also brought their wine culture with them. After the Romans came the Benedictine and Cistercian and drove in painstaking work the terraces in the rocky slopes. Mid-20th century, the highest vineyards were abandoned, which was prevented by initiative of the Abbé Alexandre Bougeat (1916-1972). From the 9th century, the Aosta Valley was repeatedly under French influence as part of the two former...

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