The vine Petite Arvine is a native of Valais, in Switzerland, from where it has spread in the Valle d'Aosta. According to recent research by the Swiss Institute Changin, it derives instead from the vine Prié, indigenous of Aosta Valley, also grown in France.
The vine Petite Arvine is so called because of the size of its berries. It has a knack for growing in height, and it is also nicknamed “vine of the glaciers.” Certainly adapted to the environment of Aosta Valley, the Petite Arvine is a variety that is characterized by high intensity and pleasantness of its wines, as well as an inclination to aging.
The berry is white, small, spheroid with thin, solid, waxy, yellowish green skin. The bunch is medium, pyramidal, elongated, often bi-winged, and compact with a medium-large, pentagonal leaf.
The vine Petite Arvine has medium vigor and good productivity.
The vine Petite Arvine gives a straw yellow wine. The scent is intense and complex, floral, with hints of violets and wisteria. The taste is fresh for acidity and body.