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Wine, food and biking in the Aosta Valley. Here's a run through of events covering 3 summer essentials.

The Aosta Valley - "Heart of the Alps".

The Aosta is home to six world-class mountain resorts, Courmayeur, Cervinia, Monterosa Ski (Champoluc and Gressoney), La Thuile and Pila.

The area has three of western Europe's highest mountains.

The towering peaks are Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn).

And it boasts Italy's oldest national park, the Gran Paradiso National Park.

Summer in the Aosta is as dreamy as winter.

Here you'll find long lunches to dream of in the Italian mountains, family friendly trails and endless outdoor adventures.

It also promises some of Europe's most stunning scenery, all within two hours of Geneva, Turin and Milan.

Aosta ValleyAosta Valley

PlanetSKI spent a lot of time in the Aosta Valley this winter.

We stayed in the new, modern 5* hotel Camp Zero in the middle of the action, as well as enjoyed skiing the Italian way:

A Taste of Italy

Rightly proud of their local food and drink, Aostan producers host a variety of fairs, festivals and tasting events to showcase the region's rich gastronomy throughout summer.

All events are open to the public and make an excellent day out while on holiday in the region.  

Cantine Aperte (visits to winemakers), 26th May

Wineries throughout the Aosta Valley will open their doors for wine tastings this summer.

For the chance to talk directly with the producers about the importance of wine as an authentic expression of the peoples and lands in which it is produced.

Producers from Morgex to Donnas will happily tell visitors about their work and share the excellence of their food and wine.

Mountain huts feast, 22-23 June

To celebrate the opening of the summer mountain hut season in the Aosta Valley, refugios throughout the valley serve up a feast for visitors.

A full meal at any of the mountain huts taking part is €17.

To find out more, visit  

1.989 m Loc. Pré Monte della Saxe / Courmayeur1.989 m Loc. Pré Monte della Saxe - Courmayeur

Jambon Day, 14 July

Saint-Rhémy-En-BossesSaint-Rhémy-En-Bosses hosts a day discovering 'the King of cured ham', the Vallée d'Aosta Jambon de Bosses DOP.

Gastronomists and curious food lovers can try the Jambon de Bosses.

Come to appreciate its unique flavour and buy directly from the manufacturer, as well as taste many other typical products and quality wines.

The unique flavour of the Jambon de Bosses is down to the skill of the curers, the dry climate and the exposure of the meadows to the crossing airflows descending from the hills of Malatra, Citrin, Serena and Gran San Bernardo.

These combine to create the ideal environment for its production and seasoning;

The juniper, thyme and herbs of the valley give it a delicate aroma, while hay, which is used during its seasoning, gives it its unmistakable fragrance.

To find out more, visit here

Vallée d’Aoste Jambon de Bosses PDOVallée d’Aoste Jambon de Bosses PDO

Foire d'Eté (Summer Fair), 3 August

Running since 1969, the Foire d'Eté is an annual showcase of local artisan products.

The fair brings together over 600 traditional exhibitors - working in wood, stone and wrought iron.

This, as well as 70 or so contemporary artisans, working with salt paste, dried flowers and fabrics.

It's a fantastic opportunity for visitors to the Aosta Valley to see and feel all that this inventive region has to offer.

The Foire d'Eté is held in the streets of the historic centre of Aosta.

It takes place at the same time as the summer edition of the Atelier, the annual event for accredited Aostan artisan producers specialising in furniture, textiles and sculpture.

To find out more, visit here

Foire d’EtéFoire d’Eté

Fil Rouge (Red route), 13 August


Back in Saint-Rhémy-En-Bosses again, this time for the Fil Rouge, an unforgettable trip into a world of red flavours that run through this town.

Taking centre stage is the Vallée d'Aoste Jambon de Bosses DOP - one of the four DOPs in the Aosta Valley.

Through the streets of Saint-Rhémy-En-Boss visitors are guided by the colour red to taste the food and wine specialities presented by the local producer associations -

- From the mocetta (salami) to the Vallée d'Aoste Lard d'Arnard DOP, from rose-coloured rhododendron honey to Valle d'Aosta reared beef.

It's the ancient traditions used to create them that make these specialities unique.

Secrets are handed down from one generation to another and jealously guarded by these small local producers.

For fine wine lovers, don't miss a careful selection of quality wines produced from locally grown vines, presented by the Association of Viticulteurs Encaveurs.

Fil Rouge is also an opportunity to discover ancient places and trades that have fallen into disuse, transforming the small town of Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses into a museum of open-air traditions for the day.

Old granaries that are usually inaccessible are open and, with the restoration and re-activation of the old oven in S. Leonard, black bread is baked on the burning wood.

To find out more, visit here

Vallée d’Aoste Jambon de Bosses D.O.P.Vallée d’Aoste Jambon de Bosses D.O.P.

S. Leonard in Saint-Rhémy-en-BossesS. Leonard in Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses

Fontina festival, 14-15 August - Oyace


Another food and wine fair.

Because what kind are better?

Fontina cheese is the pièce de resistance of Aosta Valley agricultural produce and an extremely important ingredient in traditional local cuisine.

It is a soft, full-fat cheese, made with full-cream cow's milk from a single milking session.

During the festival, you can taste it as it is, or cooked in various styles.In 1996, the European Union awarded it Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) status.

To find out more, visit here

Fontina cheeseFontina cheese

Lo Matsòn (food and wine fair), 1 September - Courmayeur

Lo Matsòn offers visitors a taste - or rather a number of tastes - of the lands around Courmayeur, the picturesque village at the foot of Mont Blanc.

The market, held along Courmayeur's charming main street, via Roma, brings together the best products from local farm businesses.

Take a stroll and discover delicious cow's and goat's cheese, wine and cured meats, jams and syrups: all made in the region from local raw materials.

To find out more, visit here

Combine this with biking in the Aosta Valley anf you needn't leave for want of anything.

As what better combines with food and wine, than a little adventure?

The Giro d'Italia returns to Italy's Aosta Valley this month.

Explore this beautiful region on two wheels this summer.  

Chrono Test - new this summer

Cyclists and runners will race against the clock on the San Carlo pass.

It's a new joint project launched by the town of Morgex and the Aosta Valley Region.

Starting in Morgex at 923m, magnetic check points record your start and finish times on the 10km route, topping out at 1,950m at the top of the San Carlo pass.

Giro d'Italia, 25th May

The Giro d'Italia is one of road cycling's most prestigious annual events, alongside the Tour de France and the Vuelta.

A multiple-stage race, it has been running since 1909 and has some particularly grueling mountain stages.

This year, the 14th stage is in the Aosta Valley and travels from Saint Vincent to Courmayeur.

It will cover 131km and 4,000m of climb.

The route take in castles, high Alpine passes and mountain meadows, finishing at the foothills of Mont Blanc.

GranParadisoBike, 8-9th June

The 19th edition of the GranParadisoBike is taking place in one of Italy's most beautiful settings, the Gran Paradiso National Park.

It's a 48km mountain bike race that travels 1,500m in altitude.

During the weekend, there's a shorter, easier race for children, the Mini GranParadisoBike.

It's an ecological tour over a shorter and easier distance, open to everyone including those on e-bikes.

Monterosa Prestige bike marathon, 21st July

The second edition of the mountain bike ultra marathon the Monterosa Prestige takes place on 21st July.

The event starts and finishes in Brusson, in the Val d'Ayas.

Experience one of the most beautiful and extreme races in the Alps this summer, as the route weaves through two of the Aosta Valley's 4,000m peaks - the Monte Rosa and Monte Cervino.

There are two courses available to entrants - either the Extreme, which covers 94km and 3,346m of vertical, or the Classic, which covers 54km and 2,164m of vertical. (this route is also open to e-bikes).

 Maxiavalanche international downhill mountain bike raceMaxiavalanche international downhill mountain bike race

The mountain bike competition starting on the border between Italy and Switzerland, Maxiavalanche is one of the stages on the European Mass Start Series.

Starting from Plateau Rosa at 3,500m, the race drops 1,500m to the centre of Cervinia, through some of Europe's best bike parks.

This year includes a shorter route from Plan Maison for 7-14 year olds.

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