Itinerary: Nus, Chantignan, Chef Lieu, Suaz Ampaillant, Gressan, Aymavilles
Discover the wine road of Mount Emilius, famous since the times of the ancient Romans, that links Nus to Aymavilles
Being full of stony lands, big rocks and rocky slopes, the region of Aosta Valley is not exactly a good location for agriculture. Farmers have been well aware of all the problems connected with farming in this valley since the times of the Romans, who built here a network of roads and terracings in order to produce the necessary food to feed the Roman legion in Aosta and the inhabitants of the valley.
The lands to be cultivated are few and mostly located along the Baltea River, that softens a bit the dominant mountainous landscape around. Our itinerary will follow this river through one of the most interesting wine road in the Alps. The tour stars from the village of Nus and will reach Aymavilles through Aosta. You can follow it on the map below.
The town of Aosta (pic n°2) is located at the crossroads of the Alpine passes of the Great and Little St. Bernard, in a beautiful alpine valley crowned by Mount Emilius (pic n°5). Rightly called the Rome of the Alps, Aosta has inherited from its Roman origins (it was called the colony of Augusta Praetoria during the Roman Empire) the orthogonal urban plan that is still visible today in the historic centre.
The town still holds impressive remains of its Roman past, like the Arch of August and the Roman theatre. In Aosta, one of the most interesting visits is undoubtedly the one to the Institut Regional Agri, a veritable school of agriculture where students are trained to produce not only the wines of the area, but also many other local products, especially cheese.
The area that is crossed by the wine road is famous for its fine wines. We mention among the white wines "Nus" with its Malvoise's version , "Petite Arvine", and "Blanc de Morgex".
Well-known red wines are "Vin du Prevot", "Donnas", "Gamay", "Fumin","Cornalin", and the variant of "Syrah" called "Caveau du Tresor". These are the typical wines of this region.
"Genepi" is an intriguing local yellow liqueur made with herbs that has curative properties. "Grappa", a strong and very alcoholic liqueur made with wine, is another important local product.
Despite its poor lands, Val D'Aosta produces very good food. We remember its apples and pears, its honey, Pan Ner (a special kind of bread), and naturally its cheese. "Fontina", "Reblec", "Fromadzo", "Seras" are some of the best-known cheeses produced in the valley.
Some pics of the wine road in Aosta Valley: