The “Fête de la Fleur d’Amigne”
The « Fête de la Fleur d’Amigne » is held annually the first weekend of June on the Place du Four in the centre of the village of Vétroz.
This friendly event is the perfect opportunity for the producers to present their wines to the public.
This ancient white variety, cultivated today only in Valais, was in all likelihood brought here by the Romans. The vitis aminea finds mention in the third volume De re rustica, by Columella. Thanks to the Amigne, the Valais can claim a tradition of viticulture extending over two millennia. Few winegrowing regions can boast as much. The first official mention of the Amigne occurred at the international viticulture exhibition in Geneva in 1878. Today there are a total of 38 hectares worldwide, all planted in Valais, of which 27 are at Vétroz.
The vine shoot is beige, tinged with violet with nodes of a very pronounced violet hue. A vigorous variety, the Amigne has medium to large leaves of a rounded shape without pronounced indentation. The underside is velvety and the edges turn downward. The lower leaves of the vines begin to yellow from the edges once they have reached maturity. The Amigne ripens about three weeks later than the Chasselas. It is highly susceptible to mildew. The bunch is medium to large, very elongated, loose and multi-branched. It has a very long stem. The berries, slightly ovoid, are a greenish yellow.
The Amigne yields a rich and powerful wine, whether dry, semi-dry or sweet. There are notes of candied apricot with mandarin accents. On the palate, vigorous acidity and a tannic finale balance its powerful body. The Amigne reaches its very best after 5 to 10 years in the cellar.