Azienda Agricola Grillo

This family winery in the Colli Orientali del Friuli was founded in the 1970s, and for the last decade has been closely managed by Iole Grillo's daughter, Anna Muzzolini. The estate is located in the small village of Prepotto, just 8 kilometers from Cividale del Friuli and within shouting distance of the Slovenian border. In recent years Anna has renewed her commitment to the local varieties that best express her family's heritage and terroir, ripping out most of the international varieties (she has also banished barriques from her cellar, since they are not a traditional vessel for aging wine in this area.) The nine hectares of vineyards reside mainly on hillside terraces; viticulture here is practicing organic, without irrigation, and all grapes are hand-harvested. As a result, Anna is making some of the purest, most expressive wines in all of the Colli Orientali.