It’s name has ancient origins: once in Friuli, very particular grapes were cultivated, known as “cividina”, which matured much later than the other grapes. With these grapes a wine known as “Civon” was produced which was very strong and tannic, not good drunk young although it was very well balanced and of good structure when aged in oak barrels. We wanted to revive this name in honour of the past, to the enological traditions of this land, its language and its people.
A generous variety on all soil types, and probably the easiest of all to grow, but it is only where the combination of vine, territory and site climate is optimal that Merlot yields truly thrilling wines. The best results come from training systems that involve very short pruning and controlled vine vigour.
From ancient viticultural times, Pignolo (from the Friulan dialect “pignul”) is certainly worthy of greater emphasis and diffusion. Proof that this autochthonous grape variety is old and valued can be found in the numerous quotations by ancient scribes, not least the Abbot Gio Batta Michieli who in his “Bacco in Friuli”, published at the end of the XVII century wrote the following: ” ……. and I should always like to be alone with a full glass of good Pignolo”.