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 Emilio Bulfon

The life’s work of Emilio Bulfon has been the rediscovery and selection of certain ancient native Friulian vines. He recovered several different varieties in the foothills near Pordenone that, until about thirty years ago, overwhelmed by undergrowth and human neglect, seemed to have been lost forever. Historically, Pordenone has always been wine country and Bulfon’s unique passion gave the varieties a new lease of life. He treated them with the respect worthy of archaeological remains, and replanted them, with advice from expert Antonio Calò, director of the Institute for Experimental Viticulture at Conegliano, and Ruggero Forti. This long, patient research led to the identification of Piculìt Neri, which may have been the vinum pucinum that graced the tables of ancient Rome; Scjaglìn, probably a member of the schiavoline family of grapes; Forgiarìn, which takes its name from Forgaria, a small town from where skilled vine pruners emigrated to Hungary and Romania hundreds of years ago; Ucelùt, a member of the so-called uccelline family; Cividìn, which yields a white wine mentioned in eighteenth-century documents as a much sought-after wine for wedding banquets; and Cjanòrie, a vigorous grape originally from Gemona.

Blason

Colle Duga has seven hectares of D.O.C vineyards which have been in the Prinic family for over 6 decades. The land is divided into four plots that form the border with Slovenia. The land conformation and the exposure to the sun give each plot its own individual microclimate. Like people, each plot has its own temperament and needs to be nurtured with care and attention. Selective planting yields the best plots for the production Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The Cantina of Colle Duga is a blend of deep rooted family traditions with selective agricultural techniques. The wines are overall an experience with an unmistakable flavor.

Colle Duga

Colle Duga has seven hectares of D.O.C vineyards which have been in the Prinic family for over 6 decades. The land is divided into four plots that form the border with Slovenia. The land conformation and the exposure to the sun give each plot its own individual microclimate. Like people, each plot has its own temperament and needs to be nurtured with care and attention. Selective planting yields the best plots for the production Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Tocai, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The Cantina of Colle Duga is a blend of deep rooted family traditions with selective agricultural techniques. The wines are overall an experience with an unmistakable flavor.

Ermacora

The Ermacora estate is run by the brothers Dario and Luciano. The brothers inherited 12 hectares of vineyards in the heart of the Colli Orientali D.O.C from their father. Staying true to the family motto, “do little, in order to do better” the brothers further the quality of their wine vintage after vintage. Even though innovative technology is available, the Ermacoras make discreet use of it. The brothers still harvest the grapes by hand and use traditional wine making techniques,” because grapes are delicate creatures, and their sons, the wine, must mature in serenity, in order to reveal all it’s qualities through taste and flavor.”

Dorigo

The Dorigo winery was originally created in 1966 with the purchase of two vineyards, Ronc di Juri at Buttrio and Montsclapade at Premariacco. 2012 has been an historic year for the brand; Dorigo which has always been synonymous with passion and research has pledged that the experimentation and innovation that has been an enological tradition at Dorigo will survive the handover from father to son. Alessio Dorigo will continue to focus on producing excellent wine and creating the optimal relationship between price and quality. Alessio believes that, in more than three decades of work, the Dorigo family has understood that it takes quality-focused viticulture to produce superior fruit. And only a shrewdly judged mix of tradition, history, and high technology can transform that fruit in the cellar into a great wine.

Piemonte

Cascina Ballarin

Cascina Ballarin is a family-run farm near the village of La Morra. All details of the winemaking are handled painstakingly by the family: on the land – from the meticulous hand pruning in the winter, to the harvest in the autumn – and in the winery, where the wines are fermented, racked, bottled and packaged. The vineyards are mainly located in the villages of La Morra and Monforte d’Alba within the Barolo DOC. The following varietals being grown: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and a very limited quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Colli Piacentini

Roberto Manara

The Manara family is one of the oldest among those working in the field of viticulture in the territory of Ziano Piacentino. Already in the thirties they participated in the important National Exhibition of Table Grapes held in Piacenza and rated among the first,  in 1939 the Manara Brothers Winery 1939 were the first to put the label of Gutturnio on their barbera/bonarda red wine blend common to the area. Today, the property situated in the hills of Ziano Piacentino Val Tidone extends for 30 hectares of vineyard. For some years the Manara winery has been upgrading its facilities, aiming to link the experience of traditional winemaking with modern techniques and produce, in the region of Piacenza, a wine based on the quality from selected harvesting, with original characteristics that pay tribute to the local climates, terroir and cuisine.

Tuscany

Brunelli

The Brunelli Estate covers 15 hectares of land of which five are registered as Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. while olive groves and forest cover the remainder of the property. Their love of the land and respect for tradition nourishes the enthusiasm of the Brunelli family who live and work on their land daily.

Umbria

Antonelli San Marco

Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate which extends over an entire 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco’s DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their territory and attentive to the quality of their products. For years Antonelli San Marco has relied on research and a constant aim to improve the quality of their wines. The estate style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power. It leans towards gentle extraction and moderate use of wood ageing.

Puglia

Vigneti Reale

Vigneti Reale Srl produces a range of superb quality wines from the deep south of Italy, in the ‘heel’ of the italian peninsula, an area well known for its rich, fruity and full bodied wines. The Reale family has owned the property for over one hundred years and has been making wine since the early 20th century. The winery is located in the heart of the ‘Salento’ production area (south Apulia), on 250 hectares (600 acres) of rich land with an ancient wine-making tradition. The landscape is flat and generous, the soil calcareous and tending to orange, the climate is typically mediterranean with brief and rainy winters, long dry summers, and a constant breeze. The family maintains the control over the entire production and distribution process, growing all the grapes from which the wine is produced and delivering it to the final customers. Vigneti Reale is committed to the highest standards of quality, the attention to every detail makes it one of the most respected wine producer of the region.