Barone Di Valforte
22 March 2021
29 June 2017


S ince 1781, the current owner's maternal ancestors used to go down from Fornet, a village of the Valgrisenche area long since vanished under the water of the Beauregard dam, to reach Ollignan where they stocked up with wine and chestnuts to make it through the long, cold winter months. In 1969, encouraged by his friend Pino Albaney, father Dauphin started bottling his own wine to introduce it at the "II Exposition des Vins du Val d'Aoste": this trade fair stimulated his entrepreneurial spirit, and so the winery expanded from 3.000 square meters to the current 10 hectares planted with vineyards and his five children joined the business. The winery is located on the border between the two towns of Quart and Saint Christophe where the Tzeriat, Rovettaz, Creton, Touren a Quart, Merletta, Castello Passerin d'Entreves and Senin a Saint Christophe vineyards are found. The grape varieties that were first grown are, in addition to the traditional Petit Rouge, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Petite Arvine, while the currently grown varieties include Fumin, Cornalin, Prëmetta and Vuillermin.