The land in Colli Orientali is considered the best in Italy for Pinot Grigio, because of the climate and the (argile) soil. Giorgio Colutta’s vineyards are in three different locations, all within 5 minutes of each other. Each has the same overall conditions but some are more hilly. Also local weather like hail, for example, may not affect all 3 equally, thus preventing widespread damage to the crop.
The area of Coli Orientali del Friuli has a particular climate shaped by the geography of the region - the Adriatic sea on one side, the Alps on the other. The mountains protect it from the cold winds from the north, and its proximity to the sea tempers the summer heat. There is a big demand for land here with some of the bigger producers anxious to snap up any plots that become available.
Giorgio rents some land in the hills near Manzano from a retired winemaker. When a friend of his got wind this land was available he immediately phoned Giorgio, arranged a meeting half an hour later, and the contract was signed on a scrap of paper out in the field! This vineyard is particularly beautiful with small rolling hills from which villages in Slovenia can be seen.
"Nicely defined, fresh wine, with Bramley apples and wet stones - both tasters noted a positive mineral element. A very good, fairly neutral food white." The Best Of Wine In Ireland
"Pinot Grigio can be almost anything, from a pale water nonentity to a zesty, flavoursome mouthful. This is the latter, with fresh apple and citrus notes and a long cleansing finish." Mary Dowey, The Gloss Magazine.
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