Petite Arvine

About this grape variety

Petite Arvine is the internationally renowned white Valais wine. It is a delicate grape, sensitive to wind, and it ripens late. As a result it demands the most exposure to sun, but preferably not in overly dry soil.

Arvine gives a complete range of wines, each as exquisite and interesting as the next: the nervy dry version with its aromas of wisteria and grapefruit; the slightly sweet Petite Arvine with notes of rhubarb and the many sweet withered grape wines, often exceptionally concentrated, with very intense aromas of a wide variety of exotic fruits.


  • Nose

    Floral notes of wisteria or gentian and exotic fruits in all their delicacy. 

  • Palate

    This wine is complex, concentrated, virile and intense. The rhubarb often makes its presence felt, while the acidity can be high. The true signature of Petite Arvine is its subtle iodine-like character.

  • Origin

    Genetically linked to grapes from Italy’s Val d’Aosta and neighbouring France, Petite Arvine is considered to have been grown in Valais alone since 1602.

Petite Arvine

252 ha out of 4675 ha, or 5.4%

Tasting profile







Not sweet

261 wine producers cultivate this grape variety

Find a cellar

Orphan grape variety, grandparent of the extremely rare Grosse Arvine

wine cellars

Taste this grape variety


11 wines from this cellar

Les Chais du Haut de Cry

Yannick Fournier is a winemaker and oenologist at Les Chais du Haut de Cry. He offers tastings by appointment.


2 wines from this cellar

Samuel Panchard


10 wines from this cellar

Cave du Mont de Lens

Cave Mont de Lens produces 11 vintages from 10 grape varieties, the majority of which are Valais’ signature varieties such as Petite Arvine and Cornalin. 

Your tasting profile

Select your favourite type of wine or indicate what you are looking for in a wine and find out which Valais wine is right for you.

apricots, citrus fruits, exotic or red fruits, almonds, etc.Fruity

violet, elder, lime, rose, etc.Floral

low in alcohol, low in tanninsLight


intense alcohol, acidity and aromasFull

dominated by acid, which gives the wine a fresh appearanceCrisp


without acidity, round, smoothSoft

no residual sugarDry


mellow wine, fairly supple, fleshyRich

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