Merryvale Vineyards has a new wine for your holiday morning: Petite Arvine. Petite Arvine, named for its small size, is the smallest of Merryvale’s red wines, and provides a taste of the Arvine Hills in the Mornington Peninsula. Petite Arvine is a dry, fruit-driven red with flavours of black pepper and black cherry.
Merryvale Vineyards is a winery with a large and devoted following in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is known for its handcrafted wine. Now, the winery has expanded its portfolio to include a brand new wine, Petite Arvine, created in collaboration with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Petite Arvine is a 100% fruit wine that uses the unique method of fermentation known as brettanomyces. This process is typically used to make wild beers, but also has been used by wineries before.View The Schlatter family pays tribute to the legendary Swiss variety Edelweiss (St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA, Wednesday, June 16, 2021) Merryvale Vineyards announces the release of the 2019 Merryvale Petite Arvine from Valais A.O.S. Switzerland. With this release, owners Renee and Laurence Schlatter pay tribute to their Swiss roots and expand Merryvale’s portfolio with their first imported wine. The owners of Merryvale, the Schlatter family, have been striving to bring elegance, texture and a sense of place to their portfolio of wines since 1992, with an emphasis on Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros and Profile Estate Vineyard in Saint Helena. In addition to specializing in Napa Valley, they have long wanted to introduce their customers and the members of Merryvale to the unique Petite Arvine fine white wine from Switzerland. says Laurence Schlatter enthusiastically: Petite Arvine is a breed that is close to my heart. This is a taste of our Swiss heritage and we look forward to sharing it with our guests. This refreshing white wine has a lively, fruity, aromatic and balanced taste. It is excellent alone or with food, especially seafood. Schlutters teamed up with an old friend and respected local producer to produce this small batch of Petite Arvine under the Merryvale label. The 2019 Merryvale Petite Arvine (MSRP $45) is available exclusively at the Merryvale Tasting Room. Merryvale Petite Arvine is made from grapes from the Valais D.O.C., where the Petite Arvine has been grown for over four hundred years. Valais is one of the warmest and sunniest cantons in Switzerland and, like Napa Valley, this wine region is framed by mountain ranges on either side of the Rhone Valley. Merryvale’s rich and complex 2019 Petite Arvine is very aromatic, with fresh fruit and bright acidity. The finish is long and surprising with a nice touch of saltiness – a true characteristic of Petite Arvine. Looking to the future, the Schlutters have grafted 650 vines from their Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros with Petite Arvine, approximately 0.6 acres, for the upcoming bottling. Merryvale winemaker Andrew Wright commented: We are very excited about this project, not only because Petite Arvine can grow very well at Carneros, but also because of the family history and how this very elegant wine will fit into the Merryvale portfolio. About Merryvale Vineyards Established in 1983, Merryvale Vineyards is St Helena’s quintessential winery. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Merryvale is committed to sustainable farming practices and the highest standards in its vineyards and wineries to ensure that its wines reach their full potential. The Merryvale portfolio offers complex, balanced and classic wines that reflect the terroir of the region. The varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Petit Arvin, a new variety for 2021. The Schlatter family, who have run Merryvale for more than 25 years, have deep roots and own two vineyards with sustainable practices: Profile Estate is a 25-acre vineyard on a hill overlooking St. John’s. There is also a 38-acre historic Stanly Ranch Estate vineyard in Carneros. The Merryvale Tasting Room is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for tastings. Appointments are welcome, but not necessary; see www.merryvale.com for more information. View