An environmentally friendly attitude has been a crucial part of the everyday lifestyle for every generation of the Zorzettig family, even before becoming our way of crafting wine.
Utmost respect for the land is a well-rooted value in our lives.
It has taken eras for the soils and microclimates to develop into the wonderful hills of Spessa di Cividale, as we know them today.
To enhance biodiversity in the vineyards, we have once again introduced olives trees – cultivation of which had completely disappeared in all of Friuli in favour of grape vines – and in 2006 we planted orchards of fruit trees which now host several bee hives.
The estate was founded over a century ago when the Zorzettig family acquired the Tenuta Casali Pasch estate recognising it as the ideal location to grow Tocai Friulano – now called Friulano, thus initiating the family’s expansion towards the most suitable areas for the protection and enhancement of the autochthonous varieties. Indeed, for over thirty years now, the family has devoted their work and research to these native grapes. Following the philosophy of enhancing the terroir of the Colli Orientali del Friuli, the family purchased further plots of land in Propotto, very suitable for native red grapes, and Ipplis, ideal for white grapes.?
In particular, with the acquisition of the former Valentinuzzi estate in Ipplis, the Zorzettig family can now boast some of the most ancient vines in the whole of Friuli Venezia Giulia: eighty-year-old plants of Malvasia, that grow in specially managed vineyard known as Parco della Vite.
A strong point of the modern Zorzettig brand is its meticulous future-oriented vineyard management. In this framework, several significant works have been undertaken, from the preservation and restoration of the water bodies on the property and a new vineyard layout, to the landscaping and ground levelling of the hilly area close to the winery.?At the same time we pulled up some international varieties, which had taken up ever more space in the vineyard and planted native vines.
Besides establishing a new vine spacing and layout we made some major changes in terms of pruning techniques and weed-killing deciding for the latter to not use any herbicide. ?
Vineyard operations are now supported by sustainable tools and technology; indeed, we use a solar powered drift-recovery mist sprayer, wastewater recovery systems, and since 2012 we have renovated our fleet of tractors opting for advanced machinery with low environmental impact.