Since then, the bond with the land and the wines produced here has never left the family. Through the generations and the daily challenges to which the mountain subjects its inhabitants, the Anselmet have dedicated their existence to the land and to the vine rows, handing down an artisan know-how that, over time, has been enriched by experiences, encounters and knowledge accumulated by its members.
My first teacher was Canon Joseph Vaudan.
From him I learned that wine is not the result of chance, but a continuous encounter between man and nature.
From a subsistence and self-consumption viticulture, often aimed at the production of loose products to be used as a bargaining chip for the products of the upper valleys, the Anselmet's “winemaking” has evolved, it has specialized and has been rationalized, learning, day after day, harvest after harvest to determine the characteristics of the terroir of the Aosta Valley, of the native vines, of the climate and of the delicate relationships that combine human work with the hard, impervious and tiring mountain environment.
One step ahead
It was in 1978 when Renato Anselmet
, having inherited the vineyards from his father Enrico, decided to continue the family tradition, taking a step forward. He has chosen to produce wine according to more rigorous quality standards, favoring quality over quantity. From the centuries-old Anselmet vineyard in Villeneuve he produced the first 70 bottles, some of which have been appreciated and purchased by local restaurateurs. Starting in the 90s, Renato bought new plots and joined the new Associazione Viticoltori
of Villeneuve (Villeneuve Wine Growers Association), of which he became president, helping in exchanging ideas, rejecting superstition and gathering advice on how to raise and improve the wines produced in the Valley
The passion of the pioneers
The passion for the vineyard and the curiosity of pioneers: this is the legacy that Renato Anselmet has passed on to his son Giorgio, who runs the company at present with his wife Bruna Cavagnet and their children Henri, Stephanie and Arline. An apprenticeship made up of experiments, mistakes, second thoughts, travels, tastings and, above all, decisive encounters. The first of which has been with the canon Joseph Vaudan
, a professor at the Institut Agricole Régional, where Giorgio undertook his studies. Vaudan’s model, still at the foundation of the new viticulture of Aosta Valley, has been the spark of a new understanding
: wine in Aosta Valley was no longer the result of chance, but the fruit of a continuous human, scientific and technological encounter coexisting with the rigid conditions imposed by the mountain. The tradition inherited from the farming culture has met with the most modern agronomic and winemaking techniques to produce wines that are proudly identity and qualitatively flawless, the result of continuous experimentation and constant testing. Vaudan has proven that the Aosta Valley could be a great wine region and that mountain wines, interpreted by vignerons
eager to get involved, could find a personal expression and a quality equal to the most prestigious wine regions in the world.