The grapes to produce Ribolla Gialla IGT “Benedete” Collavini were harvested during the second half of September and left to macerate at 13°C for six hours. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 15°C for approximately two weeks. Ribolla Gialla IGT “Benedete” Collavini was matured in stainless steel until the following spring, retaining the freshness and purity of fruit.
The vineyard is situated in IGT Venezia Giulia at 100 metres above sea-level and has a south facing, sunny orientation with gentle coastal breezes from the Adriatic Sea. The 20 year old Ribolla Gialla vines are spur cordon and Guyot trained and are planted at a density of 4,800 per hectare. The vines are carefully managed throughout the viticultural year and yield 95 quintals per year. They are grown in “Ponca”, which is the Eocene soil of the Colli Orientali del Friuli. The meticulously selected bunches are harvested in small cases during the morning, when the northerly breeze has dried the light veil of nocturnal humidity.
Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. The Collio region, a strip of hills bordering Slovenia, is reputed to have one of Europe’s most privileged micro-climates for white wines while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than those from Friuli and have impressive richness and length. Located in Udine, they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla-an ancient local variety- and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style wines, while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to this area. Collavini’s “Broy” is a multiple Tre Bicchieri winner and is recognised as one of Italy’s top white wines. As keen dog lovers, the Collavini’s very first pet Dachshund “Ribolla” is portrayed on the label.