The Pittaro family have their roots deeply embedded in making quality wines since 1510. This family has been considered excellent grape growers and master wine-makers of Friuli for centuries. The family origins are
in Friuli Venezia Giulia located in the North-eastern part of Italy. The whole family from fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters Aunts and Uncles, takes part in fulfilling the continuation of family tradition. So I felt fortunate to discover the Pitars family winery while participating in the 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference held in Zagreb Croatia.
With a hundred and forty hectares planted, they bottle approximately half of their wines from their own vineyards. The Pitars family winery is one of the few which is really with an Eco friendly and energy saving philiosphy. They do both mechanical and hand harvesting, pump over juice for extraction and gravity for crushing the grapes. The Pitars family winery have some 16 diffferenet grapes planted that makes their wine and many are indegenous like the Friulano, Refosco, the Tureis which we got to taste.
Our group of bloggers and journalists got to taste Pitars Proseco, their 100% Ribolla Galia spumante brut, the IGT Venezia Giulia Tureis, which is 50% Friulano, and their flagship wine the Naos red, which is not made every year. We tasted a 2007 vintage using 60% of the Refosco, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet franc grapes. The Naos was a nice smooth wine with aromas of blackberries, black current and dark chocolate. A very nice wine which was also recognized by the Italian guide “The Italian wines of Friuli Venezia Giulia” as one of the top 100 wines.
So, if you want to learn more about this family winery, just have a look at the video below.