When Igor Erzetic finished college he boldly set up his own winery in 1992 near Cormons in Friuli, on the border with Slovenia, and set about a program of replanting his vines. By 2000 he was in a position to devote all his time to the project and in short order he began making wines that won plaudits (and four coveted ‘Tre Bicchiere’ awards in the case of the pinot grigio) from Italy’s prestigious Gambero Rosso.
There are 9 hectares of vines, seven of which belong to Igor with a further two rented, planted to pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and friulano with small plots of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Situated between the cooling Alps 100km to the north and the warmth of the Adriatic just 50 km to the south, the vineyards see warm days and cool nights, perfect conditions for healthy, ripe but vibrantly fresh fruit.
Hand-harvesting in the cool of the morning is the norm, and the vines grow close enough to the winery that they are all in the cellar within an hour of picking to ensure freshness. Fermentation is in stainless-steel vats, with some ageing taking place in 400-litre oak barrels.