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2014 Casali Maniago DOC Pinot Grigio The hills of Buttrio protect the Estate from the cold North-East winds, maintaining a mild, ventilated micro-climate that aids the cultivation of the indigenous grapes of the Colli Orientali del Friuli, such as Ribolla Gialla, Schioppettino, Verduzzo Friulano, Tocai Friulano, Malvasia Istriana, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso and the famous Picolit. It has also allowed imported grape varieties such as Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon and Pinot Nero to acclimatise. Although these grape varieties do not originate in Friuli they have been grown here for centuries, with excellent results. As well as the unparalleled terrain, another feature of the Estate that should be underlined is that 70% of our vines come from local biotypes, i.e. from vines directly selected in our vineyards that have adapted best to our hills in terms of their reliability and the quality of their production. This is a choice in which we firmly believe. On one hand it does not follow the dictates of trends and, on the other, it guarantees reliably high quality products over many years. We have long known that a "great" wine is born, first and foremost, from a great vineyard. We believe in our commitment and are rewarded by continual commercial success amongst our customers, by the many awards given to us at leading wine events and by our continual presence in the most prestigious national and international guides.
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