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Comune di Arvier
Commune d'Arvier
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Location of Arvier in Italy
Coordinates: 45°42′11″N7°10′0″E / 45.70306°N 7.16667°E / 45.70306; 7.16667 Coordinates: 45°42′11″N7°10′0″E / 45.70306°N 7.16667°E / 45.70306; 7.16667
Country Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Province none
Frazioni Baise-Pierre, Chamençon, Chamin, Chez les Fournier, Chez les Garin, Chez les Moget, Chez les Roset, Grand Haury, La Crête, La Ravoire, Léverogne, Mécosse, Petit Haury, Planaval, Rochefort, Verney
  Total 33 km2 (13 sq mi)
Elevation 776 m (2,546 ft)
Population (31 December 2006)
  Total 858
  Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Arvelains
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code11011
Dialing code 0165
Patron saint Saint Sulpice
Saint day 17 January
Website Official website
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the town Hall

Arvier (Valdôtain: Arvì or Arvë; Arpitan : Arviér); is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy.

Town settlement that is bigger than a village but smaller than a city

A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages but smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish them vary considerably between different parts of the world.

<i>Comune</i> third-level administrative divisions of the Italian Republic

The comune is a basic administrative division in Italy, roughly equivalent to a township or municipality.

Aosta Valley Autonomous region of Italy

The Aosta Valley is a mountainous autonomous region in northwestern Italy. It is bordered by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, to the west, Valais, Switzerland, to the north and by the Metropolitan City of Turin in the region of Piedmont, Italy, to the south and east.



Location of the commune of Arvier within the Valle d'Aosta ArvierLocatie.png
Location of the commune of Arvier within the Valle d'Aosta


The local wine, Enfer d'Arvier, had its own DOC designation before being subsumed into the Valle d'Aosta DOC. It is a blend made primarily from the Petit Rouge grape with lesser amounts of Dolcetto, Gamay, Neyret, Pinot noir, and/or Vien de Nus. [1]

Valle dAosta DOC

The Valle d'Aosta DOC is an Italian denominazione di origine controllata located in the Aosta Valley of northwest Italy. Surrounded by the Alps, the Valle d'Aosta is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe. The principal winemaking region of the Valle d'Aosta is found along the eastern banks of the Dora Baltea river with the city of Aosta serving as the central winemaking location. The region is divided into three main vineyard areas; the upper valley, Valdigne, the central valley and the lower valley,. To the south is the winemaking region of Piedmont. The Valle d'Aosta is Italy's smallest winemaking region both in terms of size and production with only about 330,000 cases produced annually in the region and only 36,000 cases produced under the DOC label. Seventy five percent of the area's production is red wine made mostly from the Pinot noir, Gamay and Petit Rouge varieties. A white wine is made from the indigenous Prié blanc grape by the cooperative of Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle.

Petit Rouge

Petit Rouge is a red Italian wine grape variety that ampelographers believe is indigenous to the Valle d'Aosta region of northwest Italy. However, there is some confusion about whether Petit Rouge is the same variety as the red Swiss wine grape Rouge de Valais.

Dolcetto varietal

Dolcetto[dolˈtʃetto] is a black Italian wine grape variety widely grown in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The Italian word dolcetto means "little sweet one", but it is not certain that the name originally carried any reference to the grape’s sugar levels: it is possible that it derives from the name of the hills where the vine is cultivated. In any case the wines produced are nearly always dry. They can be tannic and fruity with moderate, or decidedly low, levels of acidity and are typically meant to be consumed within a few years after release.


Arvier was the birthplace of Maurice Garin, the winner of the original Tour de France in 1903. His family migrated to Northern France in 1885.

Maurice Garin French cyclist

Maurice-François Garin was an Italian-born French road bicycle racer best known for winning the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, and for being stripped of his title in the second Tour in 1904 along with eight others, for cheating.

1903 Tour de France

The 1903 Tour de France was the first cycling race set up and sponsored by the newspaper L'Auto, ancestor of the current daily, L'Équipe. It ran from 1 to 19 July in six stages over 2,428 km (1,509 mi), and was won by Maurice Garin.

Notes and references

  1. T. Stevenson "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" pg 274 Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN   0-7566-1324-8

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