Merlot, of French origin, was introduced in Friuli in the second half of the eighteenth century with the intention of planting it extensively to replace the local varieties, at the time considered of lesser merit. Towards the end of the eighteenth century and during the 1900s, the quality of the area’s Merlot wine led to various awards, and the variety soon spread to much of Friuli.

(Costantini Enos, Mattaloni Claudio, Petrussi Carlo, La vite nella storia e nella cultura del Friuli, Forum Edizioni, 2007.)

Grape variety


Type of soil

marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin. Locally known as “Ponca”


south / south west

Pest control

low environmental impact integrated pest management

Tasting notes

intense ruby red colour. The nose is delicate and fruity with blackberry, red cherry and plum notes. The freshness is underlined by a nice sapidity and herbal notes. Very soft tannins, it could be eve

Temperature service



12% abv

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end of September/early October, carefully harvested in the coolest hours of the day

maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days at 25°-28° controlled temperature

excellent with San Daniele ham and other cured meats. It could be paired very well with veal and pork chops