About Us

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The Beginning of the Story

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The Beginning of the Story

Rivignano, 1896, this is where the story of our founder Eugenio Collavini began: a man with a passion for viticulture who, around that time, entered into contact with the affluent families of Udine, which he supplied with his first wines. The business then passed into the hands of his son Giovanni, who succeeded in making it through the period marked by the two World Wars before he himself handed over the reins to Manlio.

It was in fact Manlio who introduced modern winemaking into our company, moving our headquarters to the famous hilly area of Corno di Rosazzo and becoming one of the precursors of vinifying Pinot Grigio as a white wine. In 1973 he created Il Grigio, and at the end of that decade he launched the first sparkling version of Ribolla Gialla.

Zealous research and maximum attention to detail today make Collavini a company that combines the values of family, terroir and a global outlook in a unique wine-producing business.

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Yesterday, today and tomorrow: the Collavini family

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>Yesterday, today and tomorrow: the Collavini family

For us, wine is a family tradition, which finds its maximum interpretation thanks to dedication, quality, and love for our local area.

Luigi and Giovanni, with precious advice from Manlio, express the passion of making wine in the hills of Friuli: a story that has also reached distant markets, which appreciate our wine company’s quality, terroir, and international scope.

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The Winery: where art and history come together

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The Winery: where art and history come together

In a sixteenth-century fortified settlement stands the villa of the Counts Zucco-Cuccagna, which is today the home of our wine company and of the Collavini family. It is a magical place, restored according to Manlio’s wishes, which successfully combines the distinctive characteristics of the manor house with the requirements of a winery.

From the little tower that rises above the western walls, you can enjoy a picture-postcard view: with a single glance, you will discover the splendid slopes of Rosazzo, of the Collio, of Ruttars and Cormons. From the villa, you can also appreciate the colours and fragrances of the historic Turian vineyard, an ancient selection of Ribolla Gialla planted by the company in one of the old fields adjacent to the property.

The beauty of the landscape is on a par with the care taken in looking after the vineyards and in perfecting the important oenological and technological innovations that have been adopted in the spaces devoted to the winery. In these very rooms was created what has subsequently been called the “Collavini Method”, known for the practice of making the wine sparkling in horizontal pressurized tanks, in which the Ribolla Gialla matures for over 30 months.

Over the years, the winery has succeeded in conveying in its wines the elegance, experience and quality that are part and parcel of the company’s philosophy, including creating our top-of-the-range wine Broy, a blend of Friulano, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, which has often received great praise from the wine press.