The cooperative was established in 1971. In the beginning, wine was contributed by various growers. It was, therefore, in certain respects, a cooperative of wineries, which explains the use of the plural “caves”. Over the years, the cooperative has expanded its cellars and purchased new equipment. It has worked hard to defend and promote the region and continues to do so, including by offering tourists tours to discover the terracing and “barmets”: our natural cellars dug out under the huge boulders in the vineyards. The cooperative worked in partnership with the town council to create the Museo del vino e della viticoltura [Museum of Wine and Wine-growing] and promotes Donnas wine – the first Aosta Valley wine with controlled denomination of origin (Doc) status, dating back to 1971 – and the local area all around the world for everyone to enjoy. Our area’s exceptional wine-growing featured in an Italian-wide brochure of “Historical Rural Landscapes”, on the initiative of the Ministries of Agricultural Policy and for Cultural Heritage and Activities and under the patronage of Unesco, for “work that defends, enhances and promotes” a region whose “significance lies in the beauty and persistence throughout history of the mountain wine-growing characteristics that shape the landscape.”
The cooperative currently sells around 120,000 bottles under 14 different labels, almost all from Nebbiolo grapes, known locally as “Picotendro”(meaning from small, soft grapes). Valle d’Aosta Donnas DOC (white label) is our classic product, with as much as 40% of it being exported. Vieilles Vignes is a Donnas Superiore wine produced from the late harvest, in early/mid November, of bunches left to dry slightly on the vine. Napoléon was made for the first time in the year 2000, to commemorate the bicentenary of Napoleon’s passage through the Aosta Valley. It is barrel-aged. Barmet is a young wine, as fresh as the “barmets” themselves. Picotendro is a traditional wine moderately-aged in wooden barrels.
Also from the Nebbiolo Picotendro variety, the cooperative offers Larmes du Paradis, a rosé, Magie, the spumante brut rosé, and Donatium, a wine aromatised with mountain spices and herbs. And you will also find Pinot Gris, Dernier Soleil, Rouge, Blanc, Ronc and, finally, Grappa made from our pomace.