Our selection is crafted by the incomparable house of Volpe Pasini in Friuli. The estate is located in Villa Rosa, which Villa Pasini established in 1596 as a complex to welcome visitors and family. Little did they know then that Friuli was destined to be known as one of the greatest white wine-producing areas in the world.
While more than 70% of Italian wine production is red, it's almost a shock to the system to realize the stature of Friuli for whites, yet its reputation is legendary. Its fame really didn't come about until the 1970s when Italy realized that they couldn't keep making white wines the way they made reds. That method was to crush the grapes and put them in barrels where they oxidized quickly and died before bottling.
Instead, they followed the rest of the world with cold fermentation, aging in stainless steel and enforcing strict control over oxidation. The results were transformative. Almost overnight, Friuli became the buzzword for phenomenal white wine and its star just keeps rising.
All 21 wine districts in Italy make Pinot Grigio, but none command the stature of those from Friuli. Obviously, it's the soil and climate here that makes the difference, but the winemakers are now in possession of a reputation they must deliver on and that makes it even more exciting.
In our case the excitement is delivered. The classic floral nose leads into the densely structured flavors of green apple and papaya with layers of spice and citrus that could command an antipasto plate of gorgonzola, prosciutto, mortadella, and fontina.