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Collavini

Eugenio Collavini Viticoltoru srl was established in 1896 by Eugenio Collavini in Rivignano, a commune in the province of Udine in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Eugenio sold his wine to the merchants who supplied the noble families of Udine, and his son Giovanni kept the business going though the first and second World Wars. Now third and fourth generation, Collavini continues to be family run, today by the founder's grandson Manilo and his son's Giovanni, Luigi and Eugenio. Manilo moved the business to Corno di Rosazzo [still in the commune of Udine], between the hills of DOC Collio and DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli, where it is run from his home - the restored former 16th century villa of the noble Zucco-Cuccagna family. This is also the head office and cellars of Collavini. Manilo is a pioneer who in 1971 created a trend-setting sparkling wine from Pinot Grigio fermented off the skins, calling it Il Grigio. He followed this in 1979 with a sparkling Ribolla Gailla, an ancient local variety. Manilo “invented” what is called the Collavini Method for sparkling wines, which unites the Martinotti-Charmat and Traditional Method, combining the advantages of both. Collavini grow an array of native and international grape varieties throughout their two DOC's, a feature of which is the unique ponca soils which are of Eocene origin, and consist of marl and sandstone containing marine fossils. From this exclusive terroir Collavini produce a range of sparkling, white, rosé, red and dessert wines. Collio Bianco Broy has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri multiple times and is considered to be one of Italy's top white wines. The grapes are sourced from the Collio region, which lies against the Slovenian border and is regarded as having one of Europe's most privileged microclimates for white wines. Collavini continue their endless focus on innovation, crafting their wines with passion, showcasing the special terroir of their region.

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