It is this distinctive character blended with a pronounced minerality, sapidity and strength of our wines that contributes to the unique and unforgettable sense of place of this eastern edge of Friuli. Collio: our land
Besides being the land of the prestigious DOC zone, the Collio is geologically unique as it features layers of soil containing marl of Eocene origin; an ideal bed for the vines. Zegla: our home
Zegla is a succession of slopes that cross the Collio Friulano up to Slovenia. It is more than just vineyards: it is the garden where the well recognised great whites grow. Perfectly sheltered from the harsh winds it has a microclimate that is ideal for the vines. In just a few hectares of land, there is a concentration of élite wines that express the true spirit of the Collio.
DOC Collio, with its 1,300 hectares of vineyards, is among the most prestigious wine zones of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Tradition and culture of winemaking as well as the natural features have contributed to the unique DNA of this land, which produces particularly elegant, well structured and sapid wines. The Collio, which spreads out from east to west, forms a sort of half moon and such particular development yields a qualitatively homogeneous production.
Ponca soil is made up of stratified marls and sandstone of eocenic origin. This is why you can easily find marine fossils in the vineyards.
The “terroir” of the Collio, is a perfect blend of climate and soil: a combination which the vine – an extremely adaptable plant yet sensitive to the conditions of the ecosystem it lives and develops in – benefits enormously. The typical soil, the so-called “ponca” – sandstone marl of Eocene origin, the result of stratifications of millions of years –rich in minerals and microelements give the wine of this area its unique and unmistakable connotation. While tending to the vines we often come across pieces of evidence of our past…
The Collio rises from 120 to 250 metres above sea level. The low rolling hills benefit both from the mild climate that is typical of the High Adriatic and from the north-eastern Bora wind. This important movement of air contributes in drastically reducing the humidity in the air, which is therefore fresh and clear, creating a favourable microclimate, perfect for the development of the grapes. The Collio is also very well protected against the bad weather coming from the Atlantic Ocean by the Julian Alps in the north on the borders with Austria. Zegla is a cru. It is particularly suitable for the vines due to the favourable exposure to the sunlight of the vineyards throughout the four seasons. The terraced slopes of Zegla, are the background of a scarcely inhabited plain, where unspoilt flora an fauna also benefit from such extraordinary microclimate. The particular temperature range of this area, with great differences between the lowest and the highest temperatures throughout the twenty-four hours, contributes to the aromatic complexity of the grape berries and therefore of the wines of this area.
Zegla, in particular, is a cru, which is particularly suitable because of the exposure to the sunlight of the vineyards throughout the four seasons: the terraced slopes of Zegla, are the background of a scarcely inhabited plain, where unspoilt flora an fauna benefit such extraordinary microclimate. The particular temperature range of this area, with great differences between the lowest and the highest temperatures throughout the twenty-four hours, contributes to the development of crispy and juicy clusters.