Red wines

Pignolo Eremita

Pignolo Eremita
The confident, soulful grapes of Eremita are wild at heart, with a historical value branded on the memory of our area.

Red wines

Pignolo Eremita

Legend has it that in the year 800 the hermit Alemanno settled on the Rosazzo hill for a spiritual retreat. About two hundred years later, in the same place, the Augustinians taught the local populations to cultivate the land and, still in the same place, the first traces of the Pignolo vine were found, dating back to the late 18th century. Known as Pignul in Friulian dialect, fragile with low productivity, it was on the verge of extinction in the late 19th century, but was later rediscovered and recovered – once again, at Rosazzo. The confident, soulful grapes of Eremita are wild at heart, with a historical value branded on the memory of our area.

A mass selection of the indented-leaf biotype was planted in 1983 under the wall of the Ancient Belvedere, with its typical small, pine-cone shaped bunches.
The harvest took place on 23rd September 2011. The hand-picked grapes, placed in small crates, were destemmed and soft-crushed for vinification in truncated cone-shaped vats. The wine was racked into second-use barriques to undergo lengthy maturation, taming and softening the boisterous tannins typical of this rare and fascinating variety. It was bottled on 14th December 2019. It is a Pignolo di Rosazzo DOC Friuli Colli Orientali.

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Tasting notes


An austere garnet red in the glass, pale but deep with blackish streaks.


On the full, vibrant nose the aroma of prunes is followed by red berries, morello cherry jam and tamarind, enclosed in a cigar case; next up are hints of blueberries, rhododendron flowers, crushed ferns, violets and elderberries, developing towards spicy sensations like black pepper, cloves, incense and cinnamon. Pipe tobacco, dogwood, India ink and roasted coffee beans round off a wine with a generous, broad array of aromas.


The aromas overflow in turn onto the powerful, complex palate, sweeping yet capable of great freshness, the close-knit, stylish tannins always in the foreground, and a tangy finish that urges a second taste. A wine that plays with time, the time it takes for all the evolutions on the nose and palate, offering a multifaceted, well- orchestrated profile.

Food pairings:

Time plays a role in serving too: this wine is at its best with slow- cooked dishes like braised and stewed meats, game, and ragù sauce. Dishes that encourage us to savour the value of waiting and rediscovering an ancient way of life.


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