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Schiopetto

Friuli (Collio)

Schiopetto

Azienda Agricola Mario Schiopetto is one of the oldest wine estates in the Collio area. The Schiopetto family has been in the wine business for three generations, and started when Giorgio Schiopetto (Carlo’s grandfather) passed on to his son (Mario) his love of good wines.  This passion would eventually give him the title as founding father of modern wine Azienda Agricola Mario Schiopetto is one of the oldest wine estates in the Collio area. The Schiopetto family has been in the wine business for three generations, and started when Giorgio Schiopetto (Carlo’s grandfather) passed on to his son (Mario) his love of good wines.  This passion would eventually give him the title as founding father of modern wine making in Friuli.  Before turning to wine making, Mario traveled to Germany and France to explore the quality wines made in their famed wine cellars.  It was German technology, blended with French finesse that enabled him to realize his dream. Mario learned the art and refined methods of making excellent wines, but skill and know-how, even when applied with passion, are not always enough. They must be painstakingly adapted to a different environment and climate, more specifically a different region with a unique terrain, like the one in the Collio Goriziano area. Self-taught and gifted with exceptional intuition, Mario Schiopetto launched into the wine business in 1965, and Schiopetto was one of the first wineries in Friuli to ferment in stainless steel vats, keeping wines fresh and crisp.  Today, the estate is run by Mario’s three children: Maria Angela, Giorgio and Carlo, and owns more than 75 acres of vineyards surrounding the former residence of the Bishop of Gorizia, in Capriva del Friuli.

“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 sense and palate with his extraordinary offering. While not cheap, they are the most compelling tank-fermented and aged dry whites made in north-eastern Italy. Possessing abundant flavors that build incrementally in the mouth, they are dazzling wines that I can’t recommend highly enough.” Robert Parker

“Legendary pioneer of Collio, with a 20,000 cases production base. Excellent his Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc and Tocai DOC, as well has his ensemble wine known as Blanc des Rosis. The new IGT wines are elegant and generous, with wines from both the area of Collio and Colli Orientali.” - Hugh Johnson, Wine Atlas 2007****

2009 Winery of the Year  - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Schiopetto

Giorgio, Maria Angela and Carlo