Azienda Agricola Zuccolo

Spilimbergo | Friuli

 

With its vineyards in the shadows of the towering Dolomites, Friuli is the true home of the Glera grape and therefore the source of the most aromatic, vinous, elegant and true Prosecco wines.

For more than three generations, the Fantinel family of Azienda Agricola Zuccolo has championed Glera and many other local grapes on their native soils and cultivated vines from family-owned mountain vineyards, harvested by hand.

While most mass-produced Prosecco hails from the Veneto, handmade Prosecco from Friuli distinguishes itself from the very first sip. In the foothills of the Dolomites, temperatures are warm during the day yet very cool at night, which results in sparkling wines with refreshing yet balanced acidity and aromatic intensity.

What’s more, the estate’s still wines are a step above: refined, aromatically rich and flavorful, all thanks to their impeccable terroir.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Friuli Grave, where estate vineyards are located, is held as the best-suited growing area for white grapes, because of its ideal terroir and altitude. Vines are planted on mineral-rich alluvial soils in the the foothills of the Dolomites. Temperature swings here in the mountains are more extreme, with warmer days and cooler nights; this means more aromatic intensity as well as better balanced acidity in the wines.

Grapes are harvested by hand and pressed directly, then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. For the estate’s sparkling wines, secondary fermentation occurs in small, 50-100HL tanks (Charmat method); more lees contact results in wines that are textured and creamy.

SPARKLING WINES

Prosecco Extra Dry

This lively, dry sparkling wine is made with 100% Glera grapes from family-owned, hand-harvested vineyards in the foothills of the Dolomites. Aromas of red apple, Hawaiian pineapple, lime zest; velvety yet light on the tongue. Charmat method; residual sugar less than 15 grams/L.

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Ribolla Gialla Spumante Brut

A unique taste of one of Friuli’s native grapes, Ribolla Gialla, as a refreshing, tangy and thirst-quenching sparkler. Aromas of white peach, citrus blossom, lime zest. Invigorating! Residual sugar less than 9 grams/L.

 

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Brut Rosé

A blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from family-owned, hand-harvested vineyards in the foothills of the Dolomites. A delicate pink in the glass; aromas of grapefruit zest, white pepper, red berries. Charmat method; residual sugar less than 12 grams/L.

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STILL WINES

Friuli Grave Sauvignon Blanc

A racy, refined Sauvignon Blanc grown on mineral terroir in the foothills of the Dolomites. All tank made; the perfect aperitif.

 

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Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio

Not all Pinon Grigio wines are created equal; Zuccolo sets itself apart with its mountain vineyards and naturally low yields, for a Pinot Grigio of intense aroma and concentrated flavor.

 

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Established: 1950s
Winemaker: Alberto Zanello
Region: Italia • Friuli • Spilimbergo
Vineyard size: 123 acres