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Specogna

Specogna was established in 1963, when Leonardo Specogna retuned to his native Friuli-Venezia Giulia from Switzerland, and bought a small plot of land in the hills of Rocca Bernarda in Corno di Rosazzo, in the heart of the Friuli Colli Orientali vineyards in north-east Italy. When Graziano Specogna, the grandson of the founder became involved in the business, he and his wife Anna improved the vineyard management and winemaking techniques, and expanded acreage. Specogna remains family owned and operated and now, four generations later, Graziano's winemaker sons Christian and Michele are heavily involved in the business. They farm 22 hectares of vineyards with organic and biodynamic practices. The vines are planted at between 100 and 200 metres above sea level, many of which are over 50 years old. Sustainability is fundamental to their philosophy and they have installed solar panels on the roof of the winery, which is now self-sufficient in electricity and hot water. The location here is quite special, sheltered from the cold Siberian currants by the Alps to the north, while the Adriatic Sea to the south provides a constant mild breeze. An infinite number of microclimates coexist - cooler and damper nearer the mountains and milder and drier towards the sea. The Ponka soils are unique: of Eocene origin with distinctive alternations of calcareous clay and calcified sands, comprising an abundance of minerals and trace elements that is perfect for the cultivation of high quality grapes. Specogna have a small nursery on the estate, where they can propagate their vines to ensure consistency across the vineyards, and nurture clones in danger of becoming extinct. In the cellar they combine tradition with innovation. A combination of steel tanks, oak barrels of various sizes and terracotta amphorae are all used for fermentation. These handcrafted wines are impeccably made. They are full of flavour and express the essence of their distinctive location, and for wines of this quality offer fantastic value!