“La vita è come fotografia, se sorridi, viene meglio.” ( Life is like a picture, if you smile, it’s better.)

Volpe Pasini Vineyards

This wine is truly a product of history and family. Located in the heart of the DOC zone of the Colli Orientali of Friuli, this winery traces its beginning all the way back to the sixteenth century, making it one of the oldest wineries in all of northeastern Italy. For its historical perspective, Julius Caesar wanted to set a part of the area as a boundary and a fortification against barbarian invasion. Later it served as the capital of the Lombard Duchy of Friuli where many architectural and goldsmith’s treasures now remain. Down the road from this historic masterpiece lies the village of Togliano and it is here that the Villa Volpe Pasini is located. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Italian Royal Family lived here as well as other cultural personalities.

If this isn’t heaven…

The 130 acres of vineyards located on the hills of Togliano and Propetto are evenly divided with half for white wine grapes and half for red. The Pinot Grigio is a product of the ZUC DI VOLPE, a magnificent vineyard in Togliano which has always been family owned. Since the 1960’s only the very best of the harvest deserved the Zuc di Volpe Label and in the Italian winemaking world the first Pinot Bianco was bottled here. Today’s Pinot Grigio celebrates the joys of everyday life and the pleasant aroma of this wine attests to just that. It is a simple wine that harkens back to a simpler time, a simpler life when a day in the fields was followed by dinner with family and friends and an evening of relaxation, small talk and pleasant company, all of which ended pretty early because of the calling of the fields which needed more tending the next day.

This is a lighter wine with nice aromas of citrus and spices. Worth noting here is that the Pinot Grigio grape is actually Hungarian in origin. When they mature they have almost an auburn color which means that the skins are not needed during the maceration process as the juice from the meat of the grape contains enough pleasing color. Fermentation is done in stainless steel barrels and then transferred into clear glass bottles to continue and complete the aging process. On average about 120,000 bottles are produced each vintage year, so this is not really a rare wine by any standards but availability here in the States can be pretty limited. I found this in a small wine shop but in speaking with the owner I found out that he can only get it occasionally.

The aroma is fresh and clean with hints of apple and peach. After allowing for about an hour to air, on the palate the wine is dry with a slight sense of fruits but the dominant taste is more of a fresh grape, the main ingredient. I guess to my uneducated palate I kind of gravitate to that taste more than any other. Slightly chilled, it will pair perfectly with lighter sauces and pasta dishes such as a white clam sauce or mussels, or with white fish like trout or flounder. But I think it would really stand out served with appetizers like stuffed mushroom caps, goat cheese or fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil (caprese).

The quality of Volpe Pasini wines has been recognized both nationally and internationally and awards have come pouring, no pun intended, in. Internationally respected organizations such as Gamberro Rosso, Bibenda, and The Italian Sommelier Association have all showered praise and have recognized the quality, the process and the history behind each bottle. The Pinot Grigio follows along here perfectly. The bottle itself sports a very simple yet attractive label that introduces you to the finest characteristics of the wine and also to life itself. It speaks to a different lifestyle, a different culture, a simpler period where quality still mattered.

Alcohol – 12.5%
Price – about $14

Worth mentioning too, there are seven guest rooms in the Villa which has been partly transformed into a farmhouse. Set in an historical, beautiful atmosphere, it offers any traveler peace and tranquility in a very warm, welcoming atmosphere


Published by JC home

Retired and loving life in North Carolina. Writing was always an interest, so I decided to give this a try. Former teacher, Wall Street Brokerage Associate and Postmaster for USPS.


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