LA VIARTE FRIULI COLLI ORIENTALI PINOT GRIGIO 2019
From a young age Giuseppe Ceschin had a great
passion for wine, studying enology as soon as he
was old enough and traveling around Italy gaining
experience working for wineries in various regions.
With the support of his wife, Carla, he followed his
dream to Friuli, where the couple worked for
thirteen long years before seizing an opportunity
to purchase 35 hectares in Prepotto, near the
border of Slovenia. The land was a long way
from ready, but the Ceschins saw their future
in it and dedicated the next decade to the hard
labor of building terraces and planting new
vineyards. In 1984 the family finally celebrated
their first harvest and the realization of their dream.
They chose the Friulian word for springtime as
the name of the estate since it was the beginning
of a new era in their lives.
Giuseppe and Carla’s son, Giulio, says that he
“grew up with their dream, breathing their passion,
which helped me discover the fascinating world of
wine.” Giulio and his wife Federica expanded
La Viarte to 41 hectares, including 17 hectares of
forest that they conserved to maintain the area’s
ecological balance. After several decades managing
La Viarte, Giulio decided to sell the estate to
Alberto Piovan, bringing in outside management to
ensure the long-term financial health of the property.
Alberto has continued the focus on local heirloom
varieties, such as Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and
Schioppettino, and has embraced the passion,
perfectionism, and technical capabilities of the
Ceschin family. He has shown both his talent and
his creative side in bringing exceptional new wines
to market recently, such as a lightly sparkling,
gently sweet Verduzzo, and deep, complex,
incredibly age-worthy Pignolo Riserva. He is also
producing some of the best Refosco, Cabernet,
and Merlot in Friuli. With the investments Alberto
has made in the vineyards and in the talent of
his team, this estate is going to continue to be
a lot of fun to follow in coming years.
Pinot GrigioThe variety, which originates from a bud mutation
Variety:Pinot grigio 100%
Denomination:D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali
Position:80-160 m a.s.l., east south-east facing on
Eocene marl and sandstone hill slopes.
Winemaking method:Off the skins with soft crushing
and fermentation in steel at 16°C
Maturation:7 months on the fine less in steel
tanks and then least 1 month in bottle before release.