“Adopt a Cru” is the Aosta Valley’s answer to every passionate wine lovers dream. By subscribing to “Adopt a Cru” you can become a proud ally of everyday winemaking at Grosjean Vins. As an active observer, you will be able to learn about the “practical” life of the vineyard and of the wine cellar. cellar. By observing the growth of the vine and its important agronomic practices such as pruning, tying and harvesting, the cellar operations will no longer have any secrets. Practices such as racking, pressing, decanting and milling will become much less mysterious to you. With “Adopt a Cru” you will be able to follow the wine from its birth through its aging process, from the vine, to the grape cluster and right until it’s poured into a wine glass.
The adoption process is divided into several stages that coincide with the stages of the production and processing of the wine.
The first step consists in choosing the CRU (Rovettaz or Tzeriat) to which you will need to associate the type of wine you would like to select. You will receive an adoption certificate, and a nameplate with the name and last name of the adopter will be placed on the row of the chosen vineyard. You will also receive an old vintage bottle from the chosen vine. From that moment, you will be able to follow the production in the vineyard and in the cellar by participating in the most important moments of the wine season: pruning, from January to March, tying, in March and April; the harvest in September and the all the operations in the cellar that will take place throughout the year.
At last, after so much care, passion and effort, once the wine is ready, you will receive your reserved wine bottles simply by showing us your wine adoption certificate.
BY PARTICIPATING YOU WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING:
- Adoption certificate and the inscription of the name and last name of the adopter on the shield of the adopted row in the vineyard.
- Immediate receipt of an old vintage bottle of the chosen Cru (off market and impossible to buy otherwise).
- A visit to the cellar and vineyard at any time of the year (with prior notice appointment) with free tasting of five Grosjean wines accompanied by a selection of typical local products.
- 10% discount on the purchase of additional bottles of wine during the day of the visit to the winery. If this is not possible, the discount coupon will also be valid for purchases through our e-commerce site.
- Constant reports to follow the story of your wine with step by step updates on the various stages of processing, from harvesting to bottling.
- At the end of the signed annual adoption, you will receive six bottles (in wooden boxes) of the new wine from your adopted vineyard with a personalized label with your name and last name (some customization is possible – please inquire).
Only until a few decades ago the Rovettaz vineyard was entirely covered with an uncultivated oak wood forest. With great effort, dedication and long hours of tireless work, we gradually managed to restore this ancient winemaking site to its original charm. This location is well suited for organic viticulture thanks to its exposure to the constant Föhn winds that limit the spread of fungal diseases. Currently, with its 5.5 hectares, the Rovettaz vineyard is our most important vineyard, as well as the largest cultivated site by a single producer in the entire Aosta Valley.
A wide selection of our flagship wines are located in this geologically diversified site: the Petit Rouge (Torrette vigne Rovettaz) is located in the lower level, in the middle the most famous white wine of Valle d’Aosta, the Petite Arvine, while in the steepest and highest level, the Fumin vigne Rovettaz grows in its ideal habitat. In other smaller niches around the vineyard you can also find other native vines such as the Cornalin and the Syrah.
Planted in the 1960s by our grandfather Dauphin, the Tzeriat vineyard is the oldest vineyard of our family company. At an altitude of above 750/800 m MSL, it rises in a natural amphitheater that protects it from the cold winter winds of the Aosta Valley and has been an important winemaking site for excellent wines in the past centuries. The lords of the Castle of Quart, which is located nearby, in the late middle ages, cultivated the grapes from which they obtained the wines offered to its most important guests. Gatta himself, a well-known nineteenth-century ampelographer, mentioned the Zario vineyard (Italianized name of Tzeriat) among the best terroirs in the center of the valley.
Recently replanted, it currently houses our best selection of Pinot Noir Tzeriat.
Just below the vineyard, locals usually go walking or make excursions by bike or horseback along the elegant Ru Prevot creek.