The Grave cover an area of approximately 7,500 hectares along the river Tagliamento, between the districts of Pordenone and Udine. The high plain of Friuli, close to the foothills of the Alps, is characterized by a landscape of striking originality. It is a large area formed by the flooding of the rivers Meduna, Cellina and Tagliamento that, over the millennia, have deposited huge quantities of Dolomitic limestone sediments, torn from the mountains by the violence of the water, and have dragged them downstream along the riverbed.
The whole plain is made up of alluvial soil, which is coarse in the northern area of the D.O.C. Friuli Grave, becoming finer and finer as the rivers continue with their course. The mountains, as well as having given rise to the land of the Grave, shelter it from cold northern winds and, together with the beneficial effect of the Adriatic Sea, they help creating a suitable climate for the vine cultivation. There is another reason, however, that makes the Grave suitable for quality productions: the soil, characterized by a large stony surface, increases the temperature range between day and night, favouring the growth of grapes rich of strong aromas, as well as the production of fragrant and elegant wines.
“Sentinels of the habitat” – Bordering our vineyards, for a long time, there’s an apiary to guarantee the genuineness of our products. It is generally said that bees are the “sentinels of the habitat” as they are animals very sensitive to the quality of the environment where they live, since they’re able to feed and survive only in a healthy nature.
EASTERN HILLS OF FRIULI
The area named Colli Orientali del Friuli includes the whole hilly part of the eastern region of the district of Udine. The reliefs in question are between 100 and 350 m. above sea level, similar both for climatic conditions and geological origin. It’s a land extraordinarily suited to viticulture because of its position and composition. This is the best location for viticulture: the Julian Alps behind it shield the vine from the cold northern draughts, and the nearby Adriatic Sea provides a beneficial steady breeze. Within the whole area, however, there are several different microclimates: cooler and wetter in the north next to the mountains, warmer and drier in the south where, like twenty centuries ago, the vine keeps on growing and fruiting together with olive trees, silent witnesses of ancient peasant traditions.
The D.O.C. Colli Orientali del Friuli vines for red wines are: Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Schioppettino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pignolo, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Tazzelenghe, Refosco nostrano. For white wines they are: Chardonnay, Malvasia Istriana, Picolit D.O.C.G., Friulano, Riesling, Traminer Aromatico, Pinot Grigio, Ramandolo D.O.C.G., Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon, Verduzzo Friulano.