Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is an important Italian wine region, situated high in the northernmost parts of the country, and close to the Slovenian and Austrian borders. As such, there is a considerable Germanic influence on the wines of this region, with varietals such as Riesling growing alongside Italian classics such as Pinot Grigio. The finest wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia are considered to be those which capture the alpine essence of the region, with its pine scented terroirs and crystal mountain waters which run down from the mountains. There are also several interesting lesser known grape varietals processed in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which gives the region a unique wine culture which the local wine makers are immensely proud of, and which makes the region a fascinating one to explore.
Fantinel was founded in 1969 by well known and admired hotelier and restaurateur Mario Fantinel, who was driven to produce wines that would defy the expectations of his tasteful clientele. In 1973 Mario?s sons acquired some of the finest vineyards in Collio, Grave, and Colli Orientali as well as opening a wine bar in San Daniele del Friuli. At the turn of the millennium, the third generation of the family – Lara, Manuela, Stefano, Marco, Marielena, and Paolo – embarked on further expansion, and today a wide array of Fantinel products are enjoyed around the world. Following his 2007 appointment as the Ambassador for the inter-governmental agency aimed at aiding developing countries, Marco Fantinel embraced the campaign for Algae Spirulina that can help in the battle against world malnutrition, and conceived Celebrate Life Merlot. For each bottle sold around the world, Fantinel will donate $1 to IIMSAM while the Fantinel family continues in their ceaseless efforts to advance the cuisi…
There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' â€“ the land of wines â€“ so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.