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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Arvine, also known as Petite Arvine, the finest of the indigenous grape specialities of the Valais in switzerland. The wines tend to be nervy with considerable extract and, often, a vague suggestion of grapefruit and salt. Wines vary in sweetness between dry, mi-flétri, and downright sweet. Switzerland had 158 ha/390 acres of this grape by 2012.