Wine. White wines here, in particular, respond to a borderline climate that gives them a mineral bite. Look out for native grape varietals, like Fumin and Cornalin, both intense red wines. In Aosta, you will find the best selection of regional wines at La Dolce Vite.
Crafts. The valley has a rep for craftsmanship, especially woodcarving and lace-making (the latter centred in the old iron-mining town of Cogne). The best place to browse and buy traditional wood crafts is a L’Artisana, a shop in Aosta’s main piazza. Prices are not cheap, but everything is made by hand within the borders of the Valle d’Aosta.
Language. The valley was historically part of Savoy, a mountain region that straddled the borders of France and Piedmont. It is officially bilingual—even trilingual, if you include its Provençal dialect, Valdôtain, or quadri-lingual, taking into account the small, German-speaking Walser community who live close to Gressoney. In practice, however, almost everyone you will encounter speaks Italian.