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Bastianich
In 1998 restaurateur Joseph Bastianich with his mother, the renowned chef Lidia Bastianich, bought a vineyard in Buttrio, a town in the Colli Orientali DOC area; the Azienda Agricola Bastianich presented its first impressive vintage in 1999 and has achieved notable success, earning the coveted Gambero Rosso Three-Glass award.

The family is very precise in their winemaking, controlling yields so that each individual vine produces one bottle of wine. They employ traditional manual methods in the vineyard and create wines that express the unique character of the land.

Vespa Bianco is the estate's primary wine, an excellent demonstration of the potential Friulian wine has for power and evolution; both this and the Vespa Rosso are blends of finished wines rather than "field blends," meaning that the different varieties are combined after fermentation. Tocai Plus is a powerful white that is enhanced through partial appassimento or drying and, ideally, with grapes affected by noble rot. The Bastianich estate reserve wine, Calabrone Rosso, is released only when conditions are ideal for growing and appassimento, allowing for a great intensity in this blend of Refosco, Pignolo, and Cabernet Franc.
Wines:
Tocai Colli Orientali
Tocai Plus
Vespa Bianco
Rosato
Calabrone Rosso
Vespa Rosso
Region: Friuli

DOC(G)s:
Colli Orientali del Friuli
Friuli IGT
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