Italian White Wine

Picolit, the pearl of Friuli

Picolit, the pearl of Friuli

Picolit is the pearl of the Friuli winemaking tradition, a precious dessert wine, as rare as the grapes that the vines grant the winemaker. The name Picolit in fact derives from the scarcity of the grapes on each cluster, a maximum of about fifteen. This characteristic is due to the fact that many Picolit flowers, because of their particular morphology, are unable to produce fruit, making them as rare as the wine they produce. The entire production area concentrated in the hills between the towns of Udine and Gorzia produces an annual total of just 500 hectoliters.

The history and fame of Picolit are entwined with the personage of Count Fabio Asquini, an expert agronomist who in the second half of the 1700s managed to promote and market Picolit in the reigning courts of Europe at the time. In 1785, a record 4,757 0.61 liter bottles were sold.

At the beginning of the 1800s after the death of this important figure, Picolit started to decline. It was then resurrected by the Perusini family a century later, which began to cultivate the old vine and produce a wine of outstanding quality.