Guido Fidora, the current owner’s grandfather, was a true pioneer of organic agriculture in the area. He saw how detrimental the use of pesticides and other agrochemistry was to the biodiversity of his vineyards, and decided to fight this by certifying his estate organic as early as 1974, placing him among the very first in Italy. It was at a time when most European winemaking and viticulture were still under the spell of systematic treatments and enological additives, and the notion of organic wine was far from established (and hence a challenge to explain to the market). But, fueled by his vision, Guido insisted and toured farmers’ markets and Slowfood events with his wine and other farm products. Nowadays, even the neighboring estates around their “Civranetta” estate are organic.
His grandson Emilio, who’s now at the helm as the fourth generation of the family, has been converting the estate to biodynamics since 2015. It’s now a true mixed farm consisting not only of vineyards, but also woodland, ponds, pastures for horses, cattle and chickens, and fields of grains and other crops.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio
Winemaker’s note: “This popular variety prefers cooler climates and it finds an ideal habitat in the Veneto Region. The proximity to the sea and to its constant winds, as well as the nocturnal temperature inversion, gives to the bunches of our Pinot Grigio a distinct minerality and pure expression; together with longer aging than its usual for the entry-level Veneto PGs, it results in a wine that’s well-structured and flavorsome, not unlike its famous “cousins” from Collio.”
- Jenny & Francois