Prie Blanc grapes

by | Feb 15, 2017

Prie Blanc is considered as a white wine grape variety that owes its origin to Italy. This grape variety is planted and cultivated very exclusively in the Valle d’Aosta DOC of northwest Italy.

Prie Blanc

A number of wines from this region are prepared out of the grapes of this white wine grape variety. The ampelographers claim that this white wine grape variety is one of the oldest varieties of grape in the region of Valle d’Aosta.

This grape variety is considered as a light-skinned grape variety which is most suitable to the Alpine regions. In such high altitudes, the pergola-trained vines are considered to be the most notable that flourishes the best in the terroirs and are very much resistant to phylloxera.

This white wine grape variety is considered to be a very popular grape variety of the mountainous regions and the same is planted in this region since at least the 17th century.

The vines of this white wine grape variety are considered to thrive in the altitudes that reach as high as 1200 meters above the level of the sea.

This white wine grape variety is considered to bud a little late and therefore it also wards off the spring frosts. At the same time, it ripens early if it is compared to other vines that grow and develop on the higher altitudes respectively.

This white wine grape variety is customarily trained low to the ground in pergolas in order to capitalize on the heat that is retained in the soils.

This helps to negate the after-results of the cold mountain nights. This grape variety is also considered as very vulnerable to a number of viticultural hazards that include various rots as well as the grapevine moth specie Eupoeciliaambiguella.

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Most of the wines of this white wine grape variety are ungrafted. This is because of the difficulties of phylloxera as to surviving in the rough climatic conditions of the Valle d’Aosta.

The vines of this white wine grape variety are mostly trained in the low pergola system in order to maximize the amount of heat that is required to ripen the vines of this grape entirely.

There have been two clones of this white wine grape variety, namely, the Valdigne clone that hails from the upper part of the Valley and it is grown and developed in the communes of La Salle and Morgex.

The second clone of this white wine grape variety grows around the Valpelline region of the valley and it is almost extinct in the nature today. This white wine grape variety is also known as Blanc de Morgexet de la Salle.

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Origin

The ampelographers do not yet recognize any specific origin of this white wine grape variety. However, according to a few evidences, this grape variety is considered as a very old white wine grape variety that has been growing in the region of Valle d’Aosta in the north-west Italy.

This grape variety is a very ancient grape variety and the plantation of this variety has been done since the year 1691. The origin of this name Prie is not yet known, but one of the early synonyms of this grape Blanc du Valdigne comes from a Latin name.

Wines with Prie Blanc grapes

Characteristics

This white wine grape variety is considered as a very good option to prepare dry wines. The wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are fresh and the levels of acidity are also maintained.

These wines entertain the aroma of white flowers as well as hay. In its very own native place, this white wine grape variety is used as to the preparation of dessert wines as well as sparkling wines. These wines are prepared following the traditional method of Champagne.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are paired best with the food items such as Gnocchi with mountain herbs, lemon sole with asparagus as well as broad bean and cheese salad.

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