Style: Dry, Fruity, Medium Bodied
Livon Pinot Grigio Collio DOC ’18
This is not your classic Pinot Grigio. With bold, assertive flavors, great acidity and smoke, woody finish, this wine deserves every accolade it receives. The vineyard is located in the municipality of Dolegna del Collio and the soils are principally marl and clay.
Every fall, the grapes are harvested by hand using small boxes and carted off to the winery where they are steeped in a cold horizontal press for eight hours and the must is cleaned through settling. The fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 64°F.
When the fermentation is over, the must is poured off and therefore the wine remains in the same vat to mature for about five months at a constant temperature. The wine is then assembled and bottled. Livon’s classic Pinot Grigio is straw yellow colored with slight ash grey reflections.
It has a fragrant bouquet, recalling vanilla and lime flowers. On the palate it is strong with a long finish. This wine can be enjoyed with soups, risotto, or with light meats like chicken or fish.
About the Winery
Dorino Livon acquired his first vineyards in the Collio hills in 1964, and slowly, plot by plot expanded his property thus establishing the Azienda Agricola Livon estate in Collio and the Colli Orientali del Friuli in the far north-eastern corner of Italy and gateway to Eastern Europe.
In the early 1980s, when Dorino’s two sons, Valneo and Tonino, joined the company, it was decided that the wine production would be diversified by implementing two strategies: The Cru wines—in limited production from particularly suitable vineyards and crafted following highly regimented winemaking processes—and the Classici, a line of wines in larger quantities and a wider medium/high market segment. The production and organizational principles that guided the strategy were: reduce the yields per acre; employ shorter pruning; increase the density of vines in the already existing vineyards; develop new vineyards with high density of plants per acre and finally; create two different wineries.
The winery and cellars known as Masarotte is where the Cru line is crafted and where the white wines age in barriques, while the cellars in Vencò are reserved for the production of reds. The decade following the momentous decision to diversify production was characterized by fine-tuning and consolidation and welcoming Valneo and Tonino as the worthy successors of their father’s rich legacy.
The years between 1992 and 1997 saw yet another strategically advantageous change for the company: Acknowledging that it was essential to remain competitive in the rapidly-changing and ever evolving market, the Livon family acquired three new estates: two of which – Villa Chiopris and Tenuta Roncalto – are located in Friuli, and Borgo Salcetino which is located in the Chianti Classico area, in Tuscany.
The winged woman is the unmistakable trademark of Livon wines sought after by those who want to relish both exceptional wine and the unique land behind it: Friuli, a blessed land where ancient native varieties of grapes unique in the world flourish, and where wine is not only a pleasure for the palate but also a centuries-old tradition.