Schioppettino is definitely a friulian indigenous grape variety, originating right from the Prepotto area and mainly grown there. The word “Schioppettino”, would refer to the crackling in the bottle of its sparkling wine while according to others it would relate to the fact that its grapes, fleshy and crunchy, seem to crackle in the mouth when once tries to eat them.
REFOSCO DAL PEDUNCOLO ROSSO
D.O.C. FRIULI COLLI ORIENTALI
Autochthon grape, subvariety of higher value among the large Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso family. It is one of the most esteemed friulian red grape wines. Popular ever since 1700. It has spread across the entire region over the past decades and has replaced the other Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso varieties, which yielded larger, yet definitely less valuable amounts of wine.
From gironde, highly viticultural area of the french province of Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc arrived in Italy in the first decades of 1800 and in friuli at the end of the same century. At the moment it is one the most prestigious red wines in Friuli, it is widely spread and is the second red grape variety being produced. It is a kind of vine which adapts very well to nearly all soils and yields grapes of distinct personality.
Of all the grape varieties in the world it is the noblest and, at the same time, the most difficult to give an interpretation to. It is a wine the puts both the oenologist and the average consumer in front of the perhaps most complex tasting. It originates from the french region of Burgundy, where it represents the basic ingredient of the greatest and most famous local wines. It is the progenitor of the Pinot family. Owing to bud mutation Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Meunier and many other biotypes have derived from it.
It originates from south-west France, particularly from the Bordeaux area, where it was one of the most important varieties used to produce top quality wines. Plentiful yield, good quality of the wine and rusticity of the grapes have made it popular all over our national territory. In friuli venezia giulia, where it has found its ideal soil and climate conditions, it is today the most widespread red grape variety and one of the foundations of friulian viticulture.
Franconia, also known as blaufränkisch, is a grape variety originating from nieder-österreich (lower austria). From there it has spread to other wine producing areas of France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. Recent research has determined that its cultivation has been carried out in Italy since 1500; its presence in Friuli has been documented since 1879. Grape growers have always attached great value to this variety, thanks to its good disease resistance, its ripening precocity, its resistance to winter cold weather, but also thanks to its high yield and good characteristics related to colour and alcohol content.
Wine obtained from merlot and cabernet grapes by means of soft pressing. After a short period of grape skin maceration, aimed at extracting colour, aromas and other polyphenolic substances which will enrich the grape juice before fermentation, the vinification goes on following all standard procedures used for the production of white wines.