Pinot Grigio Epicuro
Grapes: Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the Pinot Gris grape variety. The style in which Pinot Grigio is typically made is so distinctive that Gris and Grigio are typically treated as different varieties (even if they do have identical DNA). The international marketing behind Pinot Grigio is so strong that for many consumers, its name is more recognizable than the original, Pinot Gris.
The Italian style has been successfully adopted in the United States, and to a lesser extent Australia, where some wineries produce both a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Gris, in contrasting styles. Bottles labelled Pinot Grigio in Australia will be crisp and dry whereas wines labelled Pinot Gris will show richer and weightier aromas.
‘Light’, ‘crisp’ and ‘dry’ are the key descriptors used when talking about Pinot Grigio wines. Flavours of lemon, green apple and blossom may be noted in them, along with less distinguishable notes.
The Grigio style is achieved by harvesting the grapes relatively early, which helps to retain the variety’s naturally high acidity. Fermentation most often occurs in stainless-steel tanks to keep the wine fresh and ready for consumption soon after harvest. (If they were aged in barrels, this would add palate weight and vanilla aromas, detracting significantly from the fresh, zingy Pinot Grigio style.) Some sparkling wines are made from Pinot Grigio, and in Italy the grape is blended with various other white varieties.
The northeast of Italy remains the key Pinot Grigio producer and exporter, with the most notable examples being found in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and the Trentino-Alto Adige.
The FEMAR VINI Farm Company lies on the southeast ridge of the sunny hill which starts where the boundaries of Frascati, Monte Porzio Catone and the Agro Romano meet.
The Farm Company was renovated with a philosophy based on the search for the absolute best quality, and it achieved decidedly prestigious targets within a decade, secure in the knowledge that it is based in an area which repays the efforts of those who work with serious intent.
The Company was founded in the 1970s by Armando Merge.Following in the centuries-old family tradition, his son, Felice Mergè, after having observed and studied in depth the most interesting National and International wine producing companies, was able to develop his own distinctive style by experimenting with new, revolutionary processes of wine making and product maturation which have propelled FEMAR VINI to its current qualitative levels.