HISTORICAL VINEYARD OF FAEDIS
... about 130 years old

 

The historical vineyard, planted at the end of the ninetieth century, it is about 130 years old, representing a cross-section of the Friulian wines from the 1800's on.

It’s a vineyard, which chancefully came down to us in the same condition of the 30s - 40s. Praise must go to its current owner, Mr Zani Elvio, for preserving its peculiarities.

Look at the shape of the vines in this yard, it is very special, all twisted above the stem. This is because in the past the vine was respected, followed up in its growth. Rather than cut it, growers bent, twisted and reported it to the ground, so as not to offend it with major cuts: a pruning, which was very respectful of the plant itself.

 

 

It’s a very interesting vine for its genetics. It’s also very important because a vineyard with such a rich genetic basin allows scholars’studie. Here are 24 varieties cultivated in Europe.

Ancient vine varieties were found here, like Refosco di Faedis, Merlot, Verduzzo Giallo, Verduzzo Verde, Carmenère e Tocai come varieta’ di base e viti sparse di Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Barzamino, Franconia, Isabella Nera, Courbeaux Noir, Vinoso nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nigrut, Picolit Nero, Spaccabotti, Ribolla Gialla, Aghedene, Siora, Picolit Bianco; vines that have disappeared elsewhere, but survived here, and you can see them, watch them.

This vineyard is important to understand how the old winegrowers worked, as everything was done manually, back then, to understand the culture, history and the energy required by our viticulture of the past.

Such a historic vineyard constitues a unique wealth in our region, what with its age and genetic composition, as well as its shape and management.

It is something unique, that deserves to be seen and comprehended, especially to understand what a time it was back then, when great sacrifices were made by the farmers, in order to respect the plants, their environment and territory.