Mario Schiopetto is considered a pioneer in the northeastern region of Friuli. He first founded this legendary estate in 1965, producing a range of fresh, crisp white wines that set the bar for high-quality white wine production in Italy and put Friuli on the map as one of the world’s great white wine regions.
The winery is located in the rolling hills of Capriva del Friuli, one of the cooler mesoclimates in Friuli. Before starting his winery, Mario traveled to Germany and France to explore how wines were made there. He applied German technology and French finesse to his winemaking, becoming the first to bring temperature-controlled fermentation to the region. He was also one of the first to ferment in stainless steel tanks, which kept the wines fresh and crisp. In the "ponca" (limeston-clay marl) vineyards typical of Friuli, Mario also went in new directions, and today Schiopetto has a vine-by-vine mapping across all its vineyards.
Since Mario’s passing in 2003, his three children - twin brothers Carlo and Giorgio and sister Maria Angela - have been fully committed to running the family business.The winery now owns 75 acres of vineyards in different parts of Friuli, the majority of which are located in Collio. The wines today continue to brim with the class, purity and elegance characteristic of this estate, and also display a remarkable ageing ability.
“A brilliant producer, Schiopetto is the reference point for just how flavorful, perfumed, and compelling dry whites from Friuli can be. Mario Schiopetto continues to satiate the olfactory senses and palate with his extraordinary offerings. While not cheap, they are the most compelling tank-fermented and aged dry whites made in northeastern Italy. Possessing abundant flavors that build incrementally in the mouth, they are dazzling wines that I can't recommend highly enough.” Robert Parker
“TOP 100 WINERY OF THE YEAR 2006, 2007 and 2009” Wine & Spirits Magazine
July 25th, 2012
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The Schiopetto family sent out a production letter explaining that the winery prefers to age their wines before releasing them. The family continues following the philosophy their father instilled in the foundation of the winery, which is to produce wines of the highest quality. “We are referring in particular to the decision to wait longer before putting the wines on the market , that is in the second year after the grape harvest , starting from the year of production 2007 , commercial year 2008.”
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