NEWS AND EVENTS

MATTER OF TASTE by Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 

25 August 2018
Singapore

VINEXPO HONG KONG

29-31 May 2018
Hong Kong

VINITALY

15-18 April 2018
Verona

GREAT WINES OF ITALY by James Suckling

7 March 2018
Miami

MATTER OF TASTE by Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 

24-25 February 2018
Zurich

IN-DEPTH ARTICLES

Collezione Millesimi

After a few years of careful consideration and planning, we finally have the pleasure of introducing you to our new initiative, Collezione Millesimi (Vintage-dated Collection).

WHAT IS THE TRUE COLOUR OF PINOT GRIGIO?

Straw yellow, coppery, paper white, rosé, onion skin: these are the hues that we can expect when we encounter a Pinot Grigio, so that the question often legitimately arises of what exactly is the correct colour expression of this wine.

Origin of Territory

The origin of the area dates back to the Pleistocene epoch, a period that experienced four successive periods of glaciation.
Each glaciation period witnessed climatic oscillations that caused alternating phases of significant glacier extension and retreat. Each period of glaciation, marked by cold climate, was separated from a successive period by a relatively warm interval (interglacial period) that brought about a constant retreat of the glaciers. It is believed that the glaciation periods were caused by decreased solar strength, due either to the formation of sunspots or to dust clouds between the sun and the earth that interfered with solar radiation. The first cold stage, known as Günz, began 1,200,000 years ago and lasted for 500,000 years; it was followed by a 50,000-year warm, humid period that in this local area encouraged the spread of equatorial flora and fauna. The second glaciation phase, Mindel, lasting from 650,00 to 300,000 years ago, was the coldest of the four. A warm period of 50,000 years preceded the third glaciation, Riss, lasting from 250,000 to 120,00 years ago, which was followed by another warm interval of 40,000 years. The Würm, the fourth and last glaciation, took place between 80,000 and 10,000 years ago. Every glaciation period, before the full onset of a warmer interval, phases into a cataglacial stage of glacier dissolution, when the released waters carry down into the valleys enormous quantities of material eroded from the Alps, forming extensive alluvial fans.
The successive addition of layers of alluvial materials from different periods gradually filled the valley of the river Isonzo, creating extensive benches sloping southwest, with an average incline of 0.5%. With the end of the Würm and the beginning of the Holocene, the flow of water dropped substantially, bringing the water of the river into narrower banks and thus exposing the alluvial benches upon which today’s soils began to develop.