Everything hinges on one exceptionally well exposed “cru”, or vineyard, on a gentle hillside where about eleven acres of vines and gardens surround the Zuani cellar.
The varietals planted are Tocai Friulano, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon, a carefully chosen range that produced the first vintage of Zuani Collio Bianco. The challenge that Patrizia Felluga and her son, Antonio, have taken up is to make only wines that are genuinely typical of the region and this territory, the Collio. It is unusual to find a wine made from Tocai, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon that is not named for its variety. Zuani Collio Bianco comes from a conscious decision to make a wine that captures the fabulous aromas and structure of the grapes in the blend. Zuani has produced two complementary wines. The first, “Zuani Vigne”, is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to bring out its fresh, fruit-rich personality. The second, named simply “Zuani”, is the estate’s flagship wine, made from selected late-harvested grapes and aged in small French and American oak barrels, with frequent lees stirring. The Zuani winery embodies the Felluga family winemaking heritage and expresses the fundamental unity of the traditional aspects of Friulian varieties with their more modern side. It is a project the Fellugas are approaching with an open mind and a fresh, innovative perspective on the region and its wines. Zuani is Patrizia Felluga’s winery. The cellar applies a philosophy born of years of experience in vineyard and cellar, backed up by the knowledge acquired through Patrizia’s proven entrepreneurial skills