Wines that look far ahead without losing the sense of their origins: the foothills of the Julian Alps. Freshness in harmony with the sapid and full taste of these hilly lands.
Today, it is no longer the farmers who emigrate from Friuli to the Americas, it is the wines’ turn to travel, bringing the flavors of the Colli Orientali to the United States.
It all started with the intuition of Anthony Terlato who, at the end of the 1970s, introduced Pinot Grigio to the American market, turning it into the most successful imported wine in American history: it was then called “The Father of Pinot Grigio”. In 2014, the Terlato family and the SIRCH family began a partnership to produce Pinot Grigio del Friuli Colli Orientali DOC together. Within two years, the wines were already distributed throughout the United States. A success that stems from the expertise in the vineyard, the quality of the grapes, the terroir and Terlato’s long experience in addressing the tastes of the high-end American consumer.
Terlato Wines is a large distributor of excellent wines from all over the world (his logo is "Always Exceptional") in the United States. Making wines for its brand Terlato Vineyards is an immense award for our Estate. A high-quality selection that contributes not only to our reputation but to that of the whole Italy.
The nature of the liaison bonding Terlato and SIRCH may be noticed from the translation of a paragraph of the American site about the biography of their current CEO William A. Terlato.
“Always with an eye to the future, Terlato also launched a new Pinot Grigio in 2015 under the name of his family - Terlato Pinot Grigio Friuli. (...) Terlato wanted to establish a new point of excellence for excellent Pinot Grigio.
In cooperation with the famous Italian vine growers Simonit & Sirch, this trio joined forces to create a Pinot Grigio determining a new standard and becoming the highest score Pinot Grigio of all times."
PINOT GRIGIO TERLATO
Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
A very important grape, grown in Burgundy and introduced in Italy in the 19th Century, it is a genetic mutation from Pinot Nero occurred in the early ‘60’s of 20th Century.
It prefers cool climates – therefore finding in Friuli on the northernmost hills of Oriental Hills its ideal habitat.
This is for sure the most renowned Friulian wine in the world, with a long-lasting success history.
Bright yellow with subtle pinkish hues.
Elegant, overwhelming and complex on the nose. The floral notes of jasmine and white wisteria fuse with ripe fruit sensation with apricots, melon and white peaches, completed by balsamic hints.
The taste is complex and harmonious, fresh and all-embracing. The palate echoes the nose with enriched aromatic sensations for a classy, crisp taste of great length. The aftertaste reflects citrus and white fruits.
Friuli Colli Orientali DOC
Known as Tocai Friulano until 2007 then renamed only Friulano, it is the most loved traditional wine in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
It derives from Sauvignonasse, today almost extinct, this vine arrived in Friuli around mid 19th Century from the Bordeaux area.
It shows a great character, a harmonious fruity and mineral complexity and a characteristic final taste of bitter almonds.
Straw yellow with light greenish hues.
Delicate scent, intense and captivating. Aromas of citrus fruits melt together with apricot and pears along with floral notes of jasmine, antique roses and chamomile.
All-embracing and complex taste. Notes of ripe Golden apple, dried fruits and vanilla are blended with balsamic scents of sage and thyme. The finish aftertaste presents the typical tannic almond and citrus finish.