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Attems is one of Friuli’s most historic producers, with a winemaking heritage dating back nearly a millennium. Count Douglas Attems, who led his family’s estate for the second half of the 20th Century, also founded the important Consorzio dei Vini del Collio in 1964, helping the region achieve DOC recognition. In 2000, he sold the estate to the renowned Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, whom he had gotten to know during their years as students at the University of Florence. The cellars are based in Capriva del Friuli, and the vineyards in the neighboring Lucinico district. Altogether their holdings consist of 104 acres of south-facing terraced slopes on the Collio hillsides, as well as plateaus in the Isonzo area. Most of it is planted to white varieties - in particular Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ribolla Gialla - grown on micro vineyard blocks, according to soil composition and microclimate.
During pressing and maceration of the fruit, oxygen contact is kept at a minimum, to preserve the aromatic compounds of each grape variety. Many of the whites see a small degree of barrel fermentation, giving them added body and complexity. The estate also makes an intriguing rosé, Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé, made from 100% Pinot Grigio grapes that are macerated for 24 hours with their skins, giving the wine a distinctive coppery hue.
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