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Comune di Chambave
Commune de Chambave
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Chambave (Aosta Valley)
Coordinates: 45°45′N7°33′E / 45.750°N 7.550°E / 45.750; 7.550
Country Italy
Region Aosta Valley
Frazioni Arlier, Septumian, Margnier, Valléry, Thuy, Verthuy, Tercy, Poyaz, Parléaz, Clapey, Aier, Champlan, Jovençanaz, Praz, Promassaz, Ronchère, Champagne, Chandianaz, Cesséyaz, Pilliolet, La Poya, Moncharey, Croux, Guichet, Ollières, Goillaz, Les Fosses, Grenellaz, La Méyaz, Perret, La Plantaz, Protorgnet
  MayorElio Chatrian
  Total21.54 km2 (8.32 sq mi)
480 m (1,570 ft)
 (2018-01-01) [2]
  Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Chambosard
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code 0166
Patron saint Saint Lawrence
Saint day10 August
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the Town Hall of Chambave

Chambave (Valdôtain: Tschambava or Tsambava; Issime Walser : Tschambuvu) is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy.

Issime Comune in Aosta Valley, Italy

Issime is a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of north-western Italy. Its population speak Walser German.

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

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<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.


The communal territory is crossed by the Dora Baltea (French : Doire baltée).

Dora Baltea river in Italy

Dora Baltea or Doire Baltée, is a river in northern Italy. It is a left-hand tributary of the Po River and is about 170 kilometres (110 mi) long.

French language Romance language

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A vineyard of Chambave in spring Vigna Valle d'Aoste Chambave abc1.JPG
A vineyard of Chambave in spring

Growers in Chambave produce several Italian wines under the Valle d'Aosta DOC including a rosso, sweet wine Muscat and a straw wine. [3]

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.

Straw wine

Straw wine, or raisin wine, is a wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice. The result is similar to that of the ice wine process, but is a much older process and suitable for warm climates. The technique dates back to pre-Classical times with wines becoming fashionable in Roman times and in late Medieval/Renaissance Europe when wines such as Malmsey and Candia were highly sought after. Traditionally, most production of these wines has been in Greece, the islands off Sicily, Cyprus, Northern Italy and the French Alps. However producers in other areas are now using with the method too.

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 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.

Gamay grape variety

Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. It is a very old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as the 15th century. It has been often cultivated because it makes for abundant production; however, it can produce wines of distinction when planted on acidic soils, which help to soften the grape's naturally high acidity.

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  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. P. Saunders Wine Label Language pp. 211-212 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN   1-55297-720-X