This wine variety native to Friuli is undoubtedly very old. It was already cultivated in the Imperial Roman period, and has had the honor of gracing the palates of popes and emperors. This vine variety has survived to modern times thanks to the work of Count Asquini di Fagagna who in the 18th century saved this highly esteemed vine from certain extinction. Asquini introduced it to foreigners at the prestigious markets of London, Paris, Genoa, Milan and Ancona. In this way, Picolit was appreciated and consumed not only in Italy, but also found connoisseurs at the Court of France, the Papal Court, and in the King of Sardinia, the Emperor of Austria and the Czar of Russia. Picolit is characterised by extremely limited production because of a peculiarity in the development of the grapes: some of the flowers do not blossom, leaving a sparse bunch with smaller, sweeter grapes. Today, it is cultivated in the hills region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in the provinces of Udine and Gorizia. The 2006 vintage is the first under the "Colli Orentali del Friuli - Picolit" DOCG. In recognition of its particular importance, Picolit is only the second DOCG wine of the region.

  • Grapes: Picolit (the very small = piccolo)
  • Colour: deep straw-yellow, intense old gold, specially if aged or refined in
    wooden barriques.
  • Bouquet: very complex, fruity, with notes of dried fruit, apricot and honey;
    flowery notes of broom and lime.
  • Flavour: a sweet, harmonious, pleasurably soft and full, balanced palate.
    Generally high in alcohol. Persistent aftertaste with fruity sensations in line with its bouquet.
  • Best served with: Because of its characteristics, this is a "meditation" wine, to
    serve with dry cakes or aged cheeses like so-called "formadi frant", produced by Friuli cheese houses.
  • Serving temperature: 12C.