Friuli Venezia Giulia, one of the smallest regions of Italy, is located on the north-eastern edge of the country and is the hub of the Mitteleuropean tradition; a land that blends the diverse cultures of the people that have inhabited it for centuries.
Just like a chest filled with gems, Friuli Venezia Giulia has a unique range of varied landscapes. Caressed by the refreshing eastern winds and by the temperate sea breezes, the region presents a collection of natural features, starting with the Alps, then down to the highlands, the hills, lakes, rivers, plains and lagoons, and finishing with the Adriatic Sea.
This mix of elements also characterize the soil, where the forming processes have generated composite and polymorphic profiles.
These environmental features together with a unique microclimate, characterized by significant temperature swings, allow for an excellent, slow ripening of the grapes, and create the ideal conditions for the vines to give gracefully contoured, elegant wines.
The Scarbolo vineyards surround Lauzacco, a little village nestled in the plain alongside the eastern hills of Friuli, on the right banks of River Torre.
The vines have their roots in stratified soils, composed by medium textured clay and gravel present at different depths.
These soils were generated by ancient erosion processes and the melting of glaciers - the latest dating back to 15,000 years ago - that transported a mix of fine alluvial deposits and sandy gravel down to the plains.
Our 30 hectares of vineyards are managed reserving the highest priority to the plants and their well-being, in order to obtain grapes that are balanced and have character.
We use the Guyot cane training system with a high vine density, keep the yields per plant low, plant cover crops between the rows, follow low environmental impact procedures, protect the biodiversity, and perform precision pruning to enhance the longevity of the vine.
As we witness climate change that is slowly modifying the normal cycles of the vine, we at Scarbolo are committed to pursue vineyard management procedures that maintain the high quality of the grapes regardless of the increased mean temperatures.