Founded in the second half of the 1970s, La Kiuva (lah kee-OO-vah) is a cooperative winery with 50 grower members located in the heart of the Aosta Valley. The word kiuva is local dialect for a “sheaf of leaves” typically gathered in the fall to feed livestock. It’s also a play on the Italian chi uva meaning literally “who grape.”
With some of the highest-lying vineyards in the world, the growers of La Kiuva are devoted to the cultivation of distinctive grape varieties like the local clone of Nebbiolo known as Picotendro. Bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north, the Aosta Valley is renowned for its ability to deliver fresh but highly complex wines thanks to the region’s combination of altitude, diluvial subsoils, alpine air currents, and extremely steep terraced pergola-trained vineyards.
With roughly 15 hectares planted to vine, La Kiuva’s growers do all their vineyard work by hand. Not by choice but necessity: The vineyard slopes are so steep that they are not accessible to tractors. A favorite among wine critics, La Kiuva is known for the freshness and wonderful drinkability of its alpine wines.
- 60 growers, 15 hectares of vines.
- All the vineyards are located between 380 and 500 meters above sea level.
- Soil sandy and alkaline.
- Cultivation method: Guyot and Pergola, on sandy glacier-crafted terraces.
- Alpine climate: wide temperature variations between day and nigh increase the acidity and freshness of the grapes.
- A boutique cooperative which produces only 6000 cases/year.
- Right at the heart of the Alps, in the small and beautiful village of Arnad.
- La Kiuva is committed to giving value to the terroir and the indigenous grape variety (Nebbiolo, known as Picotendro). Members were encouraged to take over old, abandoned vineyards in the best areas in order to produce authentic and sustainable wines.
Did You Know?
In the Aosta Valley where La Kiuva grows grapes and makes wine, Nebbiolo is known as Picotendro, from the French Picot Tendre. Nebbiolo from this part of Italy, where French is spoken, is often more delicate and more perfumed than its Piedmontese counterpart.