"Cave Coopérative de l’Enfer - CoEnfer" WineCooperative
A legend tells of two wayfarers who, passing through Arvier and arrived in the parish, asked to see the priest; the priest housekeeper replied that it was not possible because the curate was in “hell”. In reality, she referred to the Enfer vineyards, the magnificent natural amphitheater located on the left bank of the Dora Baltea and so called because it is exposed in full sun, to the south, with a very hot microclimate, despite the altitude of 800 meters.
Viticulture in Arvier has roots far back in time; documents attest as early as 1312 the possession of vineyards by the inhabitants of the place.
Heir to this tradition, the Co-Enfer cooperative winery was founded in 1975. Today it manages the entire wine-making process, from the cultivation of the 5 hectares of land, conferred by more than 100 members, to the marketing of the approximately 35.000 bottles produced every year adding the five labels: Enfer, Clos, Digne du Pape, Mayolet and Triskell.
In the cellar, an original reinterpretation of traditional mountain architecture, the grapes are processed according to traditional methods but with the help of modern technologies.
Intense, full-bodied, Enfer d’Arvier was among the first Valle d’Aosta wines to obtain the DOC Denomination, in 1972. It is a red wine made in purity with grapes of the autochthonous Petit rouge grape which, if necessary, can be integrated, up to a maximum of 15%, with 5 other grapes.
Since 2016, the Triskell (brut classic method sparkling wine) has been produced with the native Mayolet grape variety and rests with the yeasts in the bottle for a period ranging from 36 to 48 months, before disgorgement and marketing.
For some years now, winemakers who are not equipped for production have been able to bring their grapes to the cooperative which takes care of the winemaking, bottling, packaging and storage operations against payment of the service.
Wines Enfer, Clos, Digne du Pape, Mayolet e Triskell.
The store is open every day from 10 to 12 and from 14 to 16. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The cellar can be visited for free from Monday to Friday, during opening hours. Saturdays and Sundays, only for groups of minimum 6/8 people, booking is required.
Vineyards can only be visited by appointment.
During the proposed visit to the winery it is possible to taste the organic wine produced by the company.
Tastings are possible during the store opening hours, when the staff is available. Booking is required for groups tastings. (Costs are quantified at booking).
Spoken languages: Italian, French and English.
How to get there
From Aosta, take national road 26 in the direction of Courmayeur until the village of Arvier (17 km). After the Hotel Le Clou, on the right, leave the national road at the railway station sign and follow the signs for the Co-Enfer.
Coming from the Mont Blanc Tunnel, after the Arvier roundabout go through a wide right curve and turn left at the sign of the railway station. Then follow the signs for the Co-Enfer.
Parking stall for buses 300 meters from the cellar.