The Emilio Bulfon estate is located at the foothills of Pordenone, surrounded by woods, hills and the banks of the Tagliamento river, one of the oldest rivers in Europe. With its vineyards it stretches all throughout the territory including the municipalities of Castelnovo del Friuli and Pinzano al Tagliamento, on a partly hilly surface consisting of 15.90 hectares, 11 of them devoted to the cultivation of native Friulan recovered varieties.
It has always been Emilio’s passion and desire to rediscovery this selection of ancient native Friulan vines which were cultivated for centuries on the hills of West Friuli. Ancient vines that, up to thirty years ago, seemed to have disappeared, but with the passion of Emilio Bulfon, helped by Noemi and children Lorenzo and Alberta, has brought to new life, carefully identifying, selecting and replanting them in collaboration with the expert ampelographers from the Experimental Institute for Viticulture in Conegliano.
The dark blue grape of unknown origins, the name comes from Forgaria, a little town in West Friuli. Once very common near San Daniele (as stated in 1863 at the Regional Grape Exhibition organized by the Udine chapter of the Friuli Agricultural Association)*, Spilimbergo and Maniago, it is now only grown in Pinzano al Tagliamento, Castelnovo del Friuli and Valeriano. *- Courtesy of the Italian Flavor Consortium The varietal was rediscovered by Emilio Bulfon in the early 1970’s when he came across abandoned grapes left by old farmers in the hamlet of Costabeorchia located in the town of Pinzano al Tagliamento. The first bottling/vintage was in 1989/90.
Not to be confused with Picolit Rosso del Friuli or Refosco Gentile this name, which means ‘tiny black’, probably derives from the small size of the berries. Piculit Neri is grown only in the area around Castelnovo del Friuli and Pinzano al Tagliamento, in the western section of the province of Pordenone. Piculit Neri vines are most clearly identifiable in the springtime, during budding; a cotton -like down covers the buds.* Emilio Bulfon rediscovered the varietal – a few vines in Costabeorchia, a tiny village in the alpine foothills overlooking the Tagliamento river valley in the early 1970’s – and brought it back from the brink of extinction.