Institut Agricole Régional
Over the years, the Institut Agricole Régional has taken every opportunity to innovate and improve its educational offer. In 1993 a legally recognized five-year professional course of study was activated for the achievement of an Agro-technical diploma; in 2001 it obtained the status of a state-recognized private school. With the 2010-2011 school year, a further innovation was implemented in the school organization, splitting the course of study to better respond to the different educational needs of its students.
The institute offers an important residential service (with the possibility of room and board) for students enrolled at the school.
Professional training has assumed a great deal of importance in the Valle d’Aosta agri-food sector.
The Joseph Vaudan winery: the winery currently in use came into operation with the 2005 grape harvest to replace the previous “cave expérimentale” structure commissioned in 1969 by the Vaudan Canon for teaching, training and viticultural purposes, to promote the production of quality wines. The same purposes are now pursued at the new winery, which is equipped with modern equipment and technologies that allow optimal management and control of the processes of the transformation of grapes for the different varieties and vinifications. There are also rooms equipped for the processing of small quantities of grapes that make it possible to make use of numerous experimental tests (microvinifications).The experimental activity therefore makes use of tools that allow an in-depth study of the different wine-growing issues and an analysis of new knowledge regarding production and commercial aspects. (The activities of research and production are supported, as regards the analyses, by the chemistry and microbiology laboratories located near the winery).
White DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) wines: Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Petite Arvine
Red DOP wines: Syrah, Gamay, Pinot noir, Vuillermin, Fumin, Cornalin, Petit Rouge, Sang des Salasses, Grains Rouges
Rosé DOP wines: Rosé du Coteau
White wines: Perce-Neige, Blanc du Prieur, Mirage Floral
Red wines: Vin du Prévôt, Vin des Chanoines
Spumantes: Monchoisi VSQ Classic Method
Sales points (retail outlet in Aosta):
- Winery (La Rochére region, 1 / A): Monday to Friday 08:00 am – 12:00 / 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
- Farmstead of Montfleury (via Piccolo San Bernardo, 39): Tuesday 8.15 am – 12.30 pm Wednesday 1.30 pm -4.30 pm Friday 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm. In this store it is possible to find, in addition to a limited availability of the producer’s label, dairy products, fruit, vegs and garden products, cereal flours, honey and other seasonal farm products.
The winery can be visited from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 (grape harvesting period excluded), with at least 3 days’ notice, by email or telephone, for a maximum of 54 people.
The visit is organized in such a way as to highlight the three aspects (training-experimentation-production) that characterize the company, by visiting the processing rooms (reception of the harvested grapes, fermentation, aging in steel and barriques, packaging) and the illustration of the winemaking systems and technologies adopted. It is also possible to visit, upon request, the room of micro-vinification, the vineyard and to taste some of the company’s products.
It is possible to have tastings, with at least 3 days notice by email or telephone, for a maximum of 32 people; in addition, the IAR participates in the “Wine Cellars Open” event (last Sunday in May).
The cost for visits and tastings are to be arranged at the time of booking.
How to get there
From Turin along the A5 motorway, take the Aosta Est exit and continue on State Highway 26 towards Mont Blanc; from France, along the A5 motorway, exit Aosta Ovest, continuing on State Highway 26 towards Aosta; from Switzerland, along State Highway 27, continuing on towards Aosta.