This wine transports in so many ways. The lost grape variety, Sciaglìn, rediscovered by Emilio Bulfon is native to the Friuli region of Northern Italy. It’s not only a trip to Italy, but to another time in history, centuries ago. Its name is derived from “schiavolino,” meaning it originated from Slavia, a region at the edge of the Julian Alps. Now it is only grown in two small towns in Friuli. This wine is like a Pinot Grigio with more depth - it’s more grounded in a sense with a more fragrant aroma. An incredibly smooth, seductive, mysterious wine. Very small production.
Wines made with indigenous grapes are best paired with foods and ingredients from, or inspired by, the region. For the simple fact that both the grapes and the food are grown in the same soils, they are naturally meant to be together. Friuli is famous for creamy risotto or polenta with herbs, seafood - specifically smaller oily fish like anchovies and sardines - and a large array of shellfish like scallops, mussels, and crab. Also great with cured salty meats like Prosciutto, especially Prosciutto di San Daniele.
Considered by many to be the archaeologist of lost grapes, Emilio Bulfon chose the road less traveled; opting to champion obscure, indigenous grape varieties and winemaking traditions instead of the more commercial varietals and approach. At the heart of the winery philosophy is the rediscovery and selection of ancient, native Friulan vines cultivated for centuries on the hills of West Friuli. Ancient vines that, up to thirty years ago, seemed to have disappeared. Emilio Bulfon’s passion, helped by Noemi and children Lorenzo and Alberta, has brought to new life - carefully identifying, selecting and replanting them in collaboration with expert ampelographers from the Experimental Institute for Viticulture in Conegliano. The land and vineyards are a study in biodiversity, and are a certified organic teaching farm. In the cellar, the unique characteristics of the grapes are gently extracted and encased in bottles that pay homage to Friuli’s history.