Frattina of Lison-Pramaggiore Zone Friuli Region, Italy
The noble Frattina family first appeared in this
region before the year 1000. Since that time the
lords of Frattina bound their destinies to these
lands for almost a millennium. In the 1600's the
Counts of Frattina founded a winemaking cellar
which remained under their control for almost
four hundred years. It's no coincidence that both
the property rights to the cellar and the control
of its operation were assumed by two families
that are an integral part of the industrial history
of Italy: the Zanussis, and now, the Averna Family.
A relatively simple explanation can be made for
the two thousand year old cultivation of the grapevine
in the area: the succession of owners with such
great names and prestige, and the land surrounding
the Villa which occupies an exquisitely clayey
terrain that bestows body, color, tannin, and
the high sugar concentration that leads to a generous
alcohol content at the heart of a good wine. Even
more important, the clayey layer hides and conserves
a precious feature that lies below; a mantle of
calcium which is rich in trace elements that are
essential for creating wine with a truly refined
character. This priceless layer is also able to
hold moisture for a long time and release it during
periods of limited rainfall.
The grape harvest is carefully performed by hand
so that only whole grapes reach the cellar. The
bunches of grapes are subjected to a soft type
of pressing, and steeping is individually calibrated
to suit the variety of grapes being processed.
The musts are refrigerated and centrifuged as
soon as they are formed, and are then allowed
to ferment for the time required. After filtration,
the wines are bottled in the Spring: however,
certain red wines are allowed to age in Slavonian
oak barrels or in kegs.
Pinot Grigio originated from a cloning mutation
of the Pinot Nero varietal which, excluding the
color, has kept many of the same characteristics.
Pinot Grigio wines were brought originally into
Friuli from the French area of Burgundy and its
cultivation has spread all through the Northeastern
part of Italy.
Friuli has proven to be the most suitable area
for the production of high quality Pinot Grigio.
From Friuli comes this wine of a pale straw-colored
yellow with a full prominent fragrance reminiscent
of walnut marrow and a refined aroma of fresh
hay and wild honey. The taste is dry, flavorful
and full with a fruity aroma and an elegant lingering
finish of toasted hazelnuts.
Villa Frattina's offering, their estate Sauvignon
Blanc, is a magically versatile white wine! Clean
with fresh scents and crisp flavors of lime and
grapefruit, this brisk sauvignon makes little
effort to impress with weight or complexity. It
offers a refreshing, citrus counterpoint to crab
or other fresh shellfish. Simple, with a mouthwatering
balance.Well balanced and crisp this wine offers
lush melon, fig and honeysuckle flavors with crisp
acidity and a slight herbaceous character.
A species of wine genetically more diverse than
Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay originated in Burgundy
and has spread to many wine growing areas (from
Champagne to Napa Valley) where they produce white
still wines and spumantis of the vineyard Frattina
has a pale straw-color with light green reflections.
The fragrance is very pronounced with a fine freshness
and a scent of almond blossoms and hydrangea.
This is a wine with a pleasing, savory and elegant
taste and a rich lingering finish reminiscent
of a golden apple. Compliments antipasti, fish
dishes, shellfish, and white meats. Serve chilled.
This wine is made from 100% Merlot grape which
is thought to be indigenous of the Mediterranean
area, probably originally in the Bordeaux region
of France as far back in history as the early
Christian era. By the mid 1800's it was internationally
grown and today is the most widely planted fine
wine grape in the world. Merlot is a popular varietal
in Italy and does particularly well in the northeast.
In fact in Friuli there is even a Strada del Merlot,
a tourist route along the Isonzo river.
From the Lison Pramaggiore zone of Friuli comes
this beautiful Merlot. Fermented at 25 - 28 degrees
C with a long maceration of the skins. Finished
in barrique, French oak, for a brief period. 100%
Merlot. Ruby red intensity that assumes a smokey
garnet color with time . Notes of young rasberry
with subtle herbaceousness. Dry, soft, light tannin
and velvety. 12.5% alcohol Serve at 18 to 20 degrees
C. Recommended with roasted white meat and game
birds, medium aged cheese.
This varietal originated in Gironde, in Bordeaux,
situated between the mouths of Garonna and the
Dordogna Rivers where you find the grand chateaux,
and has spread throughout many wine producing
areas from California to Italy.
The Cabernet Sauvignon of Quartarezza has an intense
ruby red color that shades to garnet. The bouquet
is intense and structured with a hint of anise.
The taste is dry and full, bold and generous,
with a distinct finish reminiscent of wildflower
jam that lingers long on the palate.
This beautiful Reserve Red of the Villa wine starts
with a selected harvesting of the best clusters
of grapes from the estate. Made from 50% Cabernet
sauvignon & 50% Merlot grapes. Grapestalks are
removed before pressing and must maceration is
done in fermentation vats kept at a controlled
temperature. The wine is refined in French oak
casks for 6 months with an additional 6 months
aging in the bottle.
This wine has a brilliant ruby red color with
garnet edging. The bouquet is pronounced and complex,
with hints of rose and wilted violets, aromatic
hay and ripe raspberries and spices. It is dry,
clean cut with an elegant long lasting aftertaste
of oak and wild berries.
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
This lovely red wine is made from 100% Refosco
grapes. It has a deep ruby red color with purple
reflections resulting from a long maceration period
on the skins. Fermentation is done at between
25 - 28 degrees C and the wine is then aged in
barrique for a period of 10 months. The bouquet
is characteristically full and elegant, fruity
and spicy with tones of cherries and blackberries.
The flavor is warm, fruity and intensely full,
and is well balanced with fine tannin structure.
Complements red meats and game, and traditional
cuisine with aged cheeses. Serve at room temperature.
This lovely Reserve wine is the result of a careful
selection of Merlot grapes from the Villa Frattina
vineyard Fae. Destemming is done before pressing
and the must maceration is done in fermentation
vats at controlled temperatures. It is then aged
in barrique for a period of 1 and 1/2 years with
further aging of 6 months in the bottle.
The result is a ruby red wine with a complex,
well pronounced fragrance and a full,velvety flavor
with a distinct raspberry taste and a subtle hint
of herbs. It is soft, dry, and mellow with balanced
Cabernet Franc Fae
This beautiful wine is made from hand-harvested
Cabernet Franc grapes, grown in the Villa Frattina
estate vineyard "Fae", located in the D.O.C. area
of Lison-Pramaggiore. Lison & Pramaggiore are
small farm towns near the town of Portogruaro
on the Venetian plains. They became a D.O.C. designated
area, joined in tandem in 1986, due to the enterprising
wine making shown by these local wine producers.
The quality of the wines in this area is partly
due to the well drained calcareous clay soils,
but without a doubt, skilled winemaking is very
After the maceration of the grapes, they are left
to ferment on the pomaces for 6 days. The skins
are then removed and the wine is left until after
the malolactic fermentation is completed. At this
time it is transferred into French barrique barrels
to age for 18 months, after which a further aging
of 6 months is done in the bottle.
This lovely wine has a beautiful ruby red color
with granite reflections and an aroma of red fruits,
raspberries and plums and hints of vanilla. The
flavor is warm and elegant with a long lasting
aftertaste of wild berries, spices, licorice and
Vines in the Cabernet-Merlot familly, in ancient
Roman times, were known as Biturica, named after
a tribe in France's Gironde. In the 18th Century,
the grape the Tuscans called uva francesca was
probably a Cabernet. In the 19th Century the productive
Cabernet Franc, planted mainly in the northeast,
was favored. It is certain that in the 21st Century
the Cabernet Franc of Villa Frattina is a wine
of beauty, structure, and elegance to be served
Compliments roasted and grilled meats, game, and
aged cheeses. Serve at room temperature.
Long maceration in contact with the skins in phase
of winemaking, preservation and finished in French
barrique of oak for at least 15 months and successive
finishing in bottle of four months. Grapes: Cabernet
sauvignon 30%, Refosco 20%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet
Color: very intense ruby with reflections of garnet
Perfume: Endless, spacious, of large complexity
with feelings speziate married to delicate aromas
of cherry and small fruits of undergrowth.
Taste: Soft, carnoso, of extraordinary structure
with elegant tannins and sweets integrated to
you mark feelings speziate. Excellent general
harmony with finish yielding long and persistent.
Alcohol: 12.5% Serving Temperature: 18-20 centigrade
Suggested dishes: red meats, roasted meats, cheeses
of long aging