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The history of Maison Anselmet is not linked to the company's inception in 2001, but it is a testimony handed down by generations of men who have linked their lives to land and its fruits: it's story of passion, hard work, work is the lives of Anselmet. In 1585 it was the first track of a wine producer called Anselmet through a contract to purchase a vineyard in the village of Villeneuve. Since then the passion of making wine has been passed down from generation to generation, until the end of the seventies. In 1978 Renato Anselmet, Giorgio's father, decided to continue the family tradition and to start producing wine not only for his own personal consumption, thus laying the corner stone for what would become in a few years one of the most important and appreciated reality-wine vines in the Valle d'Aosta: Maison Anselmet. Year after year, the vines were selected, expanded the vineyards, increased the production in terms of both quantity and quality. They have been introduced technical and technological innovations, the implementation of courageous choices has turned a small company into a benchmark of viticulture, not only the Aosta Valley. From 70 bottles bottled by Renato in 1978 with labels made by the same hands that worked the vineyard, Giorgio reaches, in 2008, 70,000 bottles, 100'000 in 2015. Next goal, ambitious but reachable, shall be the 9,000 hectoliters in 2019. The most recent date that the Maison sculpts in its history is linked to the official opening of the new winery located in Villeneuve Fraz. Vereytaz. In the tasting area the structure has maintained the values and characteristics of the historic buildings of the valley:ancient restored wood, old stones brushed only, beaten iron more recent but designed and produced respecting the manual work of local artisans. Just one floor below and you enter the production area, where technology reigns, thanks to the valuable advice and suggestions of Beppe Caviola: no frills, but everything you need to optimize processes and manufacturing. The collaboration with Beppe continues, with great satisfaction, and brings more and more encouraging results.

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The Vignerons

Renato Anselmet
His second life began in 1978 when he began a more intense activity supporting alongside his father in charge of the vineyards owned. Then, when, achieving the Institut Agricole Régional diploma, Giorgio asks a vineyard instead of a new car, he realizes that the fate of the family is already a bit 'marked', and he is not sorry about this. In the last twenty years, Renato refines the Technique, recovers his own tradition, by integrating it with the technology that comes from the son's studies and, not least, he increases the cultivated area. Until 2001 when Giorgio takes over the cellar management, even if Renato never gives up to supervising all stages of production Today he handles R.P. mainly focussing to media and institutions, but above all René is a point of reference during the tastings, either horizontal or vertical ones, in the cellar, when proudly explains that Semel Pater (.. semper pater) is a Great Pinot Noir Reserve that Giorgio has dedicated him as a sign of deep gratitude.

Giorgio Anselmet
Since the very beginning he knew that he would deal with agriculture, but soon discovered that his future, not being rugby, it would be the viticulture! He dedicates himself with humility to the studies at IAR, listening to those who knew more than he did and who understood before him that the 'TripleT' (Tradition, Media, Technology) are the future and must be retrieved from the past; hence the frequent trips upgrade in Burgundy. He's curious: when he finds an ancient text, perhaps forgotten, has the rare ability to grasp the essence of it and extract what eventually will help him in the vineyard or in the cellar. He's enthusiastic: unable to describe their own wine, it must interpret, compare, dissect, then recomposing. He's a leader: but a leader who wants to share experiences, a sign of strength and maturity, as its wines. He's romantic, he dedicated a wine to each of the people that counts most for him: to his grandfather: a unique edition in Bardas; to his father: a very pure Pinot Noir, Semel Pater; to his wife: a Metodo Classico, sparkling and never predictable; to his son&daughters: three wines each of them growing with passion, to become mature and complete. Perhaps in his deep heart he dedicated a wine to himself too: Le Prisonnier, a happy prisoner of winery and family.

Bruna Cavagnet
Born in Cogne where she spends her adolescence, being cross-country skiing her love she becomes ski teacher. Once married to Giorgtio, she focussed her interest on her second greatest passion, the contact with the earth. Every year with the thaw, Bruna begins the preparation of the vineyards activities, her kingdom is transformed with the first spring sunshine, she becomes a force of nature and begins to grind kilometers with shears in hand. It has been estimated that in the course of one year to complete the various activities, pruning, trellissing, topping and harvesting, Bruna's team has to walk more than 70 kilometers, almost all for going up and down hills. All processing carried out in the vineyard, from the laborious pruning the convivial harvest are of her competence. Bruna gives up only in doing pesticide treatments that, needing special procedures and certifications, are to be conducted by qualified personnel.

The Terroir

You can not say that the vineyards of Maison Anselmet are repetitive: they reach extreme altitudes, they have sometimes impossible slopes, are all different from each other. They are different by size: from 1,000 to 14,000 square meters. They differ by location: from Morgex to Chambave. They are different in terms of altitude: from 600 to 950 mt asl. They are different for the constitution of the land: moraine, or sandy loam, or Mother Earth. They are different in terms of grape varieties planted: both international and autochthonous. For the Maison, the fragmentation of the territory is both joy (in terms of results) and pain (while working)! Each parcel shall forward to the grapes scents, flavors, colors; particular and characteristic details. But how much work and effort, how much extra care! Several vineyards are planted since decades, and most do not allow machining, everything must be done by hand. Many others, even the most recent ones, are terraced with stone walls dry or containments in national chestnut logs and require careful and frequent maintenance. This territory, so hard and difficult, offers to those who know it, to those who understand it, to those who respects it, as many satisfactions. The Aosta Valley has a dry climate, the rainfalls are very low, less than that of Sardinia, it is crossed by strong winds and has major temperature excursions. The orographic conformation of the region, thus, allows to reduce to a minimum the treatments of vines (3, 4 maximum per annum) and to manage each vineyard according to the rhythm dictated by nature, without forcing. Climate, environment, vines and tradition led Maison Anselmet to make real choices in the system of cultivation of vines in order to obtain highly selected grapes. "Even the poorest vine has its own beauty, its own personality!". In Maison Anselmet vineyards the vines are planted with three different techniques: to Gobbelet, Guyot, Cordon de Royat. Presenting a vegetative part of small size, Gobbelet is well suited to poor soil, drought and low temperatures; typically Petit Rouge grapes. Guyot is ideal for highly productive vines, most of which are native, they give up on the first fruiting buds and take advantage of fertility and irrigation capacity of some vineyards. The Cordon de Royat is suitable for international vines, it shows fruits also on basal buds and, thanks to the size of the wooden part, it is able to deploy sap aplenty up to the more peripheral bunch; after the winter period it wakes up later than the others, so it is less susceptible to spring frosts. In Aosta Valley you identify three areas: Upper Valley (from Mont Blanc to St. Pierre), Middle Valley (from St. Pierre to St. Vincent) and Lower Valley (from St. Vincent to Pont St. Martin). In Middle Valley at low altitude are the vineyards of Chambave Muscat, in Upper Valley you may find everywhere the vineyards of Torrette, while at low altitude there are the Pinot Gris grapes, and at high altitude the international vines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Müller Thurgau. The vines of Petit Rouge and Cornalin are still in the Upper Valley, but in the medium-low altitudes.

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