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History and features of  Pignolo

Ancient vine, the first news seems to have been from 1300 to 1400, on some publications, and which presented a diffusion in the hilly area of ​​Rosazzo. The story shows the presence of vines in the Abbey of Rosazzo at the end of the 18th century, which mentions “An excellent black wine, called Pignolo” on various texts of the period. Unfortunately, in the following century there was a progressive abandonment of the vine at the expense of more productive and international varieties, so much so that at the end of the 19th century the “Pignùl”, so called in Friuli, disappeared from the ampelographic atlas. There remained few productions, not controlled and often the Pignolo ended a blend with other reds. From the rustic aspect, very sensitive to the oidium and with a low vigor, it gave little satisfaction to the winemakers of the century, so much that due to the difficulty of production it was slowly abandoned over the years. The name seems to derive from the shape of the bunch: small, grapes close to each other and with two compact wings that make it look like a pine cone!

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