Fantinel

Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Italy

The Winery

A well-known hotelier and restaurateur in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Mario Fantinel purchased his very first vineyard in Collio, near the border with Slovenia, in 1969. At that time, the goal was to make the connection between his cuisine and the region’s terroir-driven wines more real, more personal. Today, third generation winemakers Marco and Stefano Fantinel have greatly expanded the family’s estate, both in terms of size and prestige. While the spiritual heart of the family’s operation remains in the village of Tauriano di Spilimbergo, their 300 combined hectares now span the Grave, Collio, and Colli Orientali designations. Most notably, they have evolved to become Friuli’s largest producer of DOC Prosecco.

Situated on rolling hills between the Julian Alps and the Adriatic, Fantinel’s vineyards enjoy a mild climate influenced both by mountains (which help protect it from the intense bora winds of winter) and the nearby sea, whose breezes help mollify the summertime heat. Wide swings in day to night temperature contribute to the acidic bone structure of the wines, and unique soils lend a flavor profile specific to the zone. Tens of millions of years ago, a shallow sea covered this entire region, leaving calcareous clay and shell materials in its wake. Today, on both sides of the Friuli-Slovenia border, this rich, marly soil is referred to as ponca, and it plays a paramount role in lending the wines of Collio their pronounced minerality and paradoxical aromas of tropical fruit.

Enologist
Alberto Zanello
Grapes Grown by Winery
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Friulano, Glera, Merlot, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, Refosco, Ribolla Gialla
Vineyard Size
300.0 ha
Winemaker
Marco Fantinel
Winemaker Biography
Together with his siblings, Marco Fantinel took his grandfather’s small winemaking legacy and converted it into an Italian institution. Today, he oversees the Fantinel and Tenuta Sant’Helena estates, with a focus on Friuli's unique terroir and native varietals.
Winemaker Generation
3rd
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Borgo Tesis Cabernet Sauvignon Friuli DOC

From the Grave district in Friuli comes this European-style Cabernet with accessible, medium tannins, dense dry fruit, and hints of green olive. Rich, gravelly soils and a cooler clime underpin the wine’s structure, with pronounced aromas of forest floor, tobacco, and cedar helping to create a well-rounded experience.

Color
Deep ruby red
Nose
Forest floor, spice chest
Palate
Medium-full bodied, it softens with age
Finish
Satisfying and balanced
Vineyard Location
Friuli DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Oak barrels for 10 – 12 months and bottled for 0 months
Alcohol
12.5 %
Acidity
5.2 g/liter
Residual Sugar
.9 g/liter
Annual Production
1,200,000 bottles

Borgo Tesis Chardonnay Friuli DOC

This northern-style, estate-grown Chardonnay teases the nose with tangy aromas of white subalpine flowers and warm citrus. Unlike some wines from Friuli which showcase more tropical fruits, this Chardonnay’s palate plays with green apple, meyer lemon, and acacia honey. Low alcohol, a long finish, and balanced acidity all add to its appeal!

Color
Straw-yellow with greenish tinges
Nose
Tangy, fruity and flowery
Palate
Hints of green apple, warm cirtus, and acacia honey
Finish
Clean and bright
Vineyard Location
Friuli Grave DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Chardonnay
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 2 months
In Steel
2 months
Alcohol
12.5 %
Acidity
5.4 g/liter
Residual Sugar
2 g/liter
Annual Production
1,200,000 bottles

Borgo Tesis Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC

From the family’s “Borgo Tesis” growing site near Tauriano di Spilimbergo comes this broad-shouldered Pinot Grigio packed with bright citrus and baked pear. Grown in gravelly, alluvial soils in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains, Fantinel’s Pinot Grigio has a pleasing floral bouquet and faraway notes of copper and flint. The palate is at once zesty and viscous, with taut, unoaked acidity and a clean finish that prepare the palate for food (or the next sip)!

Color
Dark straw-yellow with a copper rim
Nose
Floral and citrus layers
Palate
Zesty, with good weight
Finish
Refreshing, balanced, and slightly bitter
Vineyard Location
Friuli DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Pinot Grigio
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 2 months
In Steel
2 months
Alcohol
12.5 %
Acidity
5.6 g/liter
Residual Sugar
1.5 g/liter
Annual Production
250,000 bottles

Borgo Tesis Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Friuli DOC

Vibrant and full-flavored, this Refosco puts the Fantinel family’s native region of Friuli on full display. A late-ripener prized for its fruit and high acidity, this varietal thrives in the gravelly soils and subalpine climate of Grave. Tangy, red berries and dark plum give way to medium tannins and a slightly dry finish. Perfect with lamb, porcini mushroom risotto, and creamy mountain cheeses.

Color
Ruby red with purplish glints
Nose
Wild, red berries, with a subtle
hint of grass
Palate
Full-flavoured with bold tannins
Finish
Balanced, medium finish
Vineyard Location
Friuli Grave DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Refosco
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 2 months
In Steel
2 months
Alcohol
12.5 %
Acidity
5 g/liter
Residual Sugar
2 g/liter

One & Only Prosecco DOC Millesimato Brut Single Vineyard

Commanding the top tier of Fantinel’s well-known Prosecco line, the family’s “One & Only” hails from a single vineyard in the northeastern hills of Friuli. Following a single fermentation and six months in the autoclave, this sparkler showcases a fuller body and generous structure without ever becoming sweet. Elegant floral notes, clean citrus, and green plantain add to the refreshing flavor profile. A vintage dated Prosecco, this bubbly enjoys an admirable shelf life... although who wants to wait that long to celebrate!

Color
Subtle straw-yellow
Nose
Intense and elegant, floral yet fruity
Palate
Velvety white fruit and light minerality
Finish
Dry and refreshing
Vineyard Location
Prosecco DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Glera
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 4 months
In Steel
4 months
Alcohol
12.0 %
Acidity
6.5 g/liter
Residual Sugar
8.2 g/liter

Prosecco Extra Dry DOC

The flagship wine of this renowned estate in Friuli, Fantinel’s Prosecco extra dry displays delicate floral tones on the nose and a has soft, velvety mouth feel. Located on the hills between the Julian Alps and the Adriatic Sea, these vines enjoy warm days and chilly evenings, lending to the wine’s overall structure. A consistently popular and lively sparkler, perfect for any festive occasion!

Color
Straw-yellow with greenish tinges
Nose
Nuanced citrus on a floral background
Palate
Soft and velvety
Finish
Refreshing, medium+ finish
Vineyard Location
Prosecco DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Glera
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Ponca (calcareous clay)
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 2 months
In Steel
2 months
Alcohol
11.5 %
Acidity
5.2 g/liter
Residual Sugar
12.6 g/liter
Annual Production
12,000,000 bottles

One & Only Rose Brut

From a single vineyard site in the subalpine region of Friuli, the “One & Only” Rose Brut is a delicious cuvée of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Red currants, wild strawberries, and raspberries all grace the nose, against a pleasing background of crusty bread. A lengthy Charmat process leads to a velvety palate, long-standing bubbles, and an impressive shelf life. Time to order some oysters on the half shell and start celebrating!

Color
Classic Pink
Nose
Red currants, wild strawberries, and raspberries against a background of crusty bread
Palate
Velvety and elegant
Finish
Long, dry, refreshing, and fruity
Vineyard Location
Prosecco DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
90% Pinot Nero
10% Chardonnay
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 5 months
In Steel
5 months
Alcohol
12.0 %
Acidity
6.1 g/liter
Residual Sugar
6.9 g/liter
Annual Production
2,400,000 bottles

Ribolla Gialla Brut

Reminiscent of Prosecco, this bright and friendly sparkler delights with its light, food-friendly style. While less known outside the region of Friuli, the ancient Ribolla Gialla varietal has long been a staple in Italy’s northeast. With its fruity aromatics and crisp acidity, Ribolla Gialla is the perfect grape for anyone looking to craft a bottle of delicious Italian bubbly!

Color
Straw-yellow with green transparencies
Nose
Bright and fruity
Palate
Fresh, lively, well-structured
Finish
Creamy, balanced, medium+ finish
Vineyard Location
Friuli Grave DOC, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Vineyard Size
300 ha
Varietals List
100% Ribolla Gialla
Farming Practices
Sustainably farmed, dry farmed, picked by hand, indigenous yeasts
Elevation
100 m
Soils
Gravelly
Maturation Summary
In Steel for 2 months
In Steel
2 months
Alcohol
12.0 %
Acidity
6.2 g/liter
Residual Sugar
6 g/liter
Annual Production
600,000 bottles