Pinot Grigio Trentino DOC
Neil and Maria Empson created Bollini to fill a gap in the market for quality wines from the Alpine foothills of Friuli and Trentino in 1979. Their goal was to showcase the excellence and consistency of international varieties grown in Italy’s cool northeastern regions, while keeping the prices affordable. Choice hillside locations, ideal day/night temperature swings, good ventilation and the complexity and minerality that come from the soil, all contribute to achieving concentrated, highly extracted fruit.
The grapes for this Pinot Grigio thrive in hillside vineyards set against the breathtaking mountains of the Dolomites. Crisp, fresh mountain air, soils full of minerals and diurnal temperature ranges contribute to making for a unique wine. When Neil Empson first set out to make this wine, he aimed for a highly extracted, concentrated wine with more complexity. Because of this, the wine rests on its lees for a long period of time.
Wine exported to
Switzerland, Hong Kong, Bermuda, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Norway, Holland, Singapore, Japan, Ireland, Serbia, Australia, Barbados, Austria, Paraguay
100% Pinot Grigio
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
16 °C (60.8 °F)
Length of maceration:
Aging before bottling:
4-5 months on its fine lees
Aging in bottle:
A few weeks
Trentino, near the Adige River
Stony, alluvial soil
Pergola and Guyot
200 - 400 meters (656-1,312 feet) above sea level
3,000 vines per hectare
Age of vines:
15 - 25 year and older
Time of harvest:
First vintage of this wine:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Straw yellow in color, clean and delicate nose, with aromas of acacia flowers and pear as well as light mineral notes. The fresh, natural acidity supports the wine’s aromatic richness, confirmed on its elegantly structured, smooth, round and persistent palate. A crisp, defined, fruity style.
Best served at 10-12 °C (50- 53.6 °F).
Ideal with fish, white meat, soup, pasta and risotto as well as cold cuts.
Best to enjoy the freshness in its youth, but keeps well for a couple of years.
Alcohol cont. by volume: 13%;
Franco Bernabei with Neil Empson