As a result of the second World War coupled with the unbeatable resolve of the Friulian people, the region of Friuli-Venezia-Giula was rebuilt from rubble into what it is today; one of Italy’s most technically advanced and commercially savvy wine producing areas. One of the regions most well regarded producers of pure varietal, DOC Grave del Friuli wines is Pighin.
Pighin’s story begins in 1963 when the family purchased a 200 hectare estate in the Friuli Grave DOC area planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Soon after, the estate underwent a radical facelift with the planting of new vines and the erection of a modern equipped winery and cellar at the same time acquiring another vineyard in the Collio DOC area. This move guaranteed the Pighin brand a product range which covers two of the most renowned areas of Friuli, the Friuli Grave DOC and the Collio DOC. Pighin vinifies only grapes coming from its own estates where yields are voluntarily restricted to 75% less than yields permitted under the DOC law so as to enhance varietal character and fruit concentration. The cellars are equipped with the most modern equipment and advanced technologies presently available where large areas are dedicated to stainless steel temperature controlled tanks, pneumatic presses and cap plunging fermenters to ensure allowing the resulting wines to retain freshness and acidity while also developing complexity.