White grape popular in Valle d'Aosta and from the Swiss region of Valais. Its ability to resist well to the cold weather has allowed him to acclimatise well in our region, at altitudes prohibitive for other grapes, earning it the nickname of "lives of the glaciers." The adjective "petite" is necessary to distinguish it from Grand Arvine, with whom he was sometimes confused.
Follows, by region, a list of all DOC and DOCG is allowed where the use of this vine.
Valle d'Aosta :
- Valle d'Aosta or Vallée d'Aoste - 85-100% (with mention of the vine)
Viticulture and winemaking
Environmental and cultural characteristics and needs : he leaves medium-large, pentagonal and orbicular, medium cluster, pyramidal elongated, often with two wings, compact, sometimes double; berry small, sparsely pruinose nodular skin, thin but firm, green or green-yellow, tasteless pulp. It has good production and constant. It adapts well to different soil types and has no particular problems if exposure to high altitudes.
Diseases and adversity : a good resistance to frost, has good tolerance to adverse climatic conditions but is sensitive to late blight , the gray mold and dust mites.