For the Friulans, Sauvignon is seen as a native variety, born and raised in their land. But most are unaware of its history, which is relatively recent. In fact, its cultivation has been documented since the 1880s. After the destruction caused by oidium, the Friulan landowners brought in varieties suitable for quality wine production from other European countries. This is the case of Sauvignon, which passed from the French region of Bordeaux to Friuli (there are several written records of this), probably together with Sauvignonasse or Tocai, a grape that was reported in the Sauternes area in the late 19th century. There are similarities between Sauvignon and Sauvignonasse/Tocai as far as regards vine morphology and the characteristics of the wines, and Friulan growers in fact called Sauvignon “aromatic Tocai”.

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

Grape variety

sauvignon blanc

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

pale lemon-green colour. Very clean and complex, with intense aromas of citrus zests, pink grapefruit, white peach and green pepper, passion fruits and elderberry, nice sapidity in the after taste

Temperature service



12% abv

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first decade of September, carefully harvested in the coolest hours of the day

after a soft press we start the fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days at 16°-18° controlled temperature

great pairing with any pasta with vegetables. A must try with a prawns and courgettes pasta or with fresh goats cheese salad