Cornalin de Vétroz, Valais
Cornalin was the first red variety planted in the Valais region centuries ago and remains exclusive to the valley, content on the soils of granitic moraine and black schist. It is known formally as Rouge du Pays, and is a different grape than Cornalin from the Valle d’Aosta (which is called Humagne Rouge in the Valais, just to further confuse matters). Papilloud’s is a Cornalin characterized by power and elegance, with dark fruit and deep purple color, that asks to be paired with meats and Alpine cheeses. Raised 4–5 months in 400-liter, neutral demi-muids.