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The company has an overall surface of 25 hectares, 22 of which are vineyards. They produce more or less 120,000 bottles per year, 50% of which are sold on the national market and 50% in more than 30 countries in the world. In ancient times, the Friulian plain was submersed under the sea. Deep under this archaic lagoon, there was a slow sedimentation process that created majestic formations that, when the sea retreated, emerged from the water. Nowadays these deposits of Eocene origins consist of a distinctive alternation of marl (calcareous clay) and sandstone (calcified sands). Such soils are extraordinarily suitable for winemaking; thanks to their composition and solar exposure.
The visitor can look down these slopes and observe the terraces and the vineyards (whose profile has been molded by the work of generations of winemakers), and at the same time he/she can observe the wide woodlands that reach the Friulian plain that is crowned on the horizon by the glittering sea. The Alps northward shelter the grapevine from the cold Siberian currents, while the Adriatic sea southward grants a constant mild breeze. Specogna follows the practices of organic agriculture, participating in VTS (Vini di Territorio Sostenibili - Wines of Sustainable Territories). This project was born to develop a set of knowledge and expertise that can lead to the elimination of the use of synthetic insecticides and of fungicides and to the decreasing of the environmental impact of the cultivations on the territory. They believe it is very important to invest in sources of renewable energy, such as solar panels installed on the roofs of the wine cellar. This allows them to be completely independent in the consumption of electricity and the need of hot water.
We winemakers are lucky enough to have a magnificent job that requires great commitment and sacrifice. Often there are no weekends and holidays, as we have to work on the basis of the climate of the year which sometimes makes intervention times very limited. For this, you need to be able to plan your work trying to interpret what are the climatic
peculiarities of your area. An interpretation based on the study of the components of the ecosystem that surrounds our plants, studying the characteristics of the climate, soil and fauna. To do this in the best possible way, in our opinion, it is necessary to be able to combine the new techniques born from the studies of recent years with the traditions and teachings of the past. This is because the experience gathered in the field in the previous decades must not be forgotten!
In 1963, Leonardo Specogna, after residing in Switzerland as an emigrant for some years (typical situation for the people of the Friuli region in those years), went back to Friuli Venezia Giulia and bought a small plot of land on the hills of Rocca Bernarda in Corno di Rosazzo, in the heart of the vineyards in Friuli. These lands have always been devoted to oenology and here the plant of the vine has found the best conditions since Roman times - thanks to the fact that in this oriental strip of land, the climate and the soil have features that are unique and
exceptional for winemaking.
It all started with a 360-degree company that covered many aspects of production for private consumption: dairy, cereal and wine production. Later, when Graziano and his wife Anna Maria started working in the company, the management techniques of the vineyards and of the
winemaking were improved, making the farm more specifically focused on the winemaking sector. Nowadays, the activity of the company is led by the presence of the third generation of Specogna winemakers, Cristian and Michele. They are granting an important company development trend and an expansion of the sales into the most important international markets.
My mother is Friulana, right from these areas, and I am very attached to this land. Cristian is a very smart guy, who has traveled and has brought experience for the quality of his whites, with great aromas, intense nose and with marked minerality that these calcareous soils give to the grapes. Sauvignon Friulano we can compare it to the New Zealand one, for the strong herbaceous notes and the minerality given an alternation of layers of variable thickness of marl (clay-limestone) and sandstone (sand-calcified), and for the guaranteed freshness and elegance given by the strong nocturnal temperature range and by the presence of the Bora, a cold wind coming from the North.
Specogna Sauvignon, as described by Carlo Ferrini