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Hailing from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, this yellow-skinned grape is used to make a wonderfully-perfumed and artfully-crafted white wine. The origins of this grape are not known with certainty, but it is thought to be related to the Robola grape from the Greek islands as well as Rebula from Slovenia. No matter the apocrypha, the resulting wine is crowd-pleasing and food-friendly.
SUT is a new project by Michele Specogna, a young winemaker in Friuli.
Born in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Michele was introduced to the world of wine at a very young age. His grandfather founded the Specogna Estate in 1963. Michele studied Enology in high school and worked at the Braida – Giacomo Bologna in Piemont during the harvest 2000. After graduation, he became fully involved in the family Estate. In 2003, Michele founded Toblar, a young, dynamic and ambitious winery established in Ramandolo. Michele is now the chief winemaker of both Specogna and Toblar.
LOCATION OF VINEYARD
The winemaking area Colli Orientali del Friuli was defined in 1970 with the adoption of the DOC production regulations. It comprises the hills in the eastern province of Udine, which, from the north, include almost all the area in the municipalities of Tarcento, Nimis, Povoletto, Attimis, Faedis, Torreano, east Cividale, San Pietro al Natisone and Prepotto. Then, towards south-west, the area includes Premariacco, Buttrio, Manzano, San Giovanni al Natisone and Corno di Rosazzo.
Like many young winemakers in Italy, Michele believed that there is something wrong with the status quo, specifically, that the wines from Friuli have become too expensive and somewhat distant from the reality of the market. Michele, like all true Friulani, believes that wine is meant to be enjoyed in good company and with good food, and it has to be respectful of the terroir while reflecting the true characteristics of the varietals that are used. Michele’s family owns great vineyards in both the Collio and the Colli Orientali del Friuli, which for decades have been used to provide grapes to the biggest estates of the area. Counting on his family’s vineyards and with his philosophy in mind he decided to create a label that reflected his credo: SUT, literally meaning “dry”, but in the local dialect is referred to a person that is honest, direct, down-to-earth and easy going.