Prie Blanc (or Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle) is a light-skinned grape variety grown solely in the alpine regions of northwest Italy’s Valle d’Aosta and, in small quantities, in the Valais area of Switzerland. In fact, it is thought more than 95% of cultivation of the variety is based around the village of Morgex. There, vines are trained on a low pergola system (an overhanging canopy) so that the fruit benefits from the maximum exposure to the bright mountain light. Morgex vineyards reach staggering heights of 1200 meters, some of Europe’s highest elevations for viticulture.
Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle DOC wines are made in both still and sparkling styles. Wines are characterized by their bone-dry style, searing acidity and the hint of mountain herbs – not unlike cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc.
Synonyms include: Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle.
Food matches include:
Europe: Gnocchi con erbe di montagna (hand-made gnocchi with mountain herbs)
Australasia/Oceania: Snapper sashimi with a lemongrass purée