Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Friulano
Region: Friuli, Italy
Appellation: Collio DOC
Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. Located in Udine, they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla (an ancient local variety) and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style of wines while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to this area. Collavini's Broy is a multiple Tre Bicchieri winner and is recognised as one of Italy's top white wines.
The Chardonnay and Friulano grapes are picked from overripe bunches and then laid on drying trays, making the grapes lose 15%-20% of their water content and concentrating the sugar. The Sauvignon is pressed seperately after brief skin contact. The 3 musts are blended and fermented together in steel tanks then matured on fine lees until the summer after harvest. All of this leads to a wine of great finesse, with tropical aromas and sweet hints acacia.