Picolit is Friuli's noblest wine, but its origins are still a matter for debate. It is only since 1750, thanks to the writings of Count Fabio Asquini, that we have any accurate documentation of this "nectar produced by the meagre berries of the bunch". The peculiarity of this odd, delicate vine is the partial fertilisation of its flowers. This means that only a few, very concentrated berries ripen in each bunch. A complex wine the colour of old gold, Picolit marries sweet and acidulous sensations, releasing a pervasive aroma of candid peel, vanilla and spring flowers. In the past, Picolit was the wine of Europe's nobility. Today, it is admired as a prestigious meditation wine.
In Friuli, and far beyond this special land of very special people and wines, the name Livio Felluga is synonymous with all that is best in the oenological heritage.The long family tradition extends over five generations, back to the days when the Fellugas were making Refosco and Malvasia in their native Isola d'Istria. Seventy years ago, the family's skills were transferred to Friuli by the eldest son of the fourth generation, Livio, whose great privilege it is to be regarded as the patriarch of viticulture and winemaking in the region.In the 1950s, Livio set up the cellar at Brazzano, sealing his love for the hill country with the far-sighted purchase of the first Felluga vineyards at Rosazzo.It was a success destined to endure, thanks to Livio's absolute, and at times obstinate, dedication to the land. He knows every step of his estate. He lives and breathes the land, because over the years his patience and determination have shaped it with a gentle hand, shunning aggressive intervention to coax out the best the soil can give. Rosazzo bears witness to this.Today, the Livio Felluga estate extends over more than 160 hectares of hill country in the Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli, with 155 hectares planted to vine. The vineyards yield exclusively great wines with instantly recognisable fragrances and aromas. - Winery Note
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