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Visintini

Who: Andrea Visintini, Cinzia, Palmira and Oliviero

Where: Corno di Rosazzo, Udine, Friuli Venezia-Giulia 

What grapes: Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Picolit, Franconia, Sauvignon Blanc…

How many bottles: ± 150,000

Key facts: This estate, once the location for the Castle of Gramogliano, has been in the family since 1884


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Visintini Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali DOP

Certified Organic, practicing Biodynamic
Soil type: Ponca calcareous marls
Elevation: 200 meters
Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio
Method: after light pressing, 6 hrs of maceration with skin contact, spontaneous fermentation. Vinified in cement.
Bottles made: 10,000

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Visintini Sauvignon Friuli Colli Orientali

Organic: Certified Organic, practicing Biodynamic
Soil type: Ponca calcareous marls
Elevation: 200 meters
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Method of fermentation:  spontaneous, vinified in cement tanks, matured in stainless steel.
Bottles made: 15,000

 

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Visintini Rosato

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Visintini Franconia

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Visintini Bianco Cinzia

Certified organic. 70% Pinot Bianco, 30% Friulano. 6,000 bottles produced. Guyot and Cappuncina trained vines planted in ecocene marl and clay soils. The vineyards are near Gramogliano, in the hilly heart of the Colli Orientali DOP. The fruit is hand-harvested in mid-September, de-stemmed and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel. After battonage, the wine is aged in tank until the following March when it is bottled.

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Visintini Rosso Palmira

Certified organic. Merlot grown at 200 meters above sea level in terraced Ponca (marl) soils near Corno di Rosazzo. Hand-harvested, 100% de-stemmed then crushed in a soft pneumatic press. The wine has a short cool maceration period, followed by fermentation in temperature controlled-stainless steel tanks.

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Visintini Friulano Friuli Colli Orientali DOP

Certified Organic, practicing Biodynamic
Soil type: Ponca calcareous marls
Elevation: 200 meters
Grapes: 100% (Tocai) Friulano
Method of fermentation: spontaneous, vinified in cement tanks, matured in stainless steel.
Bottles made: 13,000


Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind. You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884. A respectable portion of the original 13th century cellar is crammed with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash. Amphorae of biodynamically farmed Pignolo line the hallway outside, wine that won’t be ready to sell until 2016. In another restored alcove rest bottle of Refosco di Peduncolo Rosso and other cool indigenous grapes: Fruili actually has more indigenous reds than whites. The Visintini siblings do fine work with both.

Visintini is a clean, organized, efficient modern winery. The family are intellectual and inquisitive about wine, connected to the larger world outside of the Colli Orientali DOP and at the same time very aware of farms making interesting wine in Friuli. It’s fun to watch them hang out and talk shop with other growers in the local oenoteca in Cormons. Gossip about Colli Orientali and Collio is passed around, along with many bottles of the best wines of each DOP. And abundant prosciutto.  

The Visintinis farm twenty five hectares of indigenous grapes (Ribolla, Verduzzo, Friulano, Franconia) the bulk of which are in close proximity to the cellar. The winery was significantly expanded in 1976 by Andrea (the trio’s father) allowing for their current robust 140,000 bottle annual production, more or less. The new portion built by Andrea rests a full six meters underground, perfect for long term storage of the estate’s amphorae and bottle-aged reds. Andrea also installed the mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks that are used to ferment and age Visintini’s white wines. Their guiding principle in the cellar is to do as little as possible. In the fields Oliviero is charting a path toward biodynamic agriculture. After years of organic farming they are recently certified, and have begun making their own biodynamic composts and other preparations.