A noted California wine-maker once remarked that Plozner was among the most advanced, hi-tech wineries he had seen anywhere in the world. Lisio Plozner, the owner, started out as an inventor/industrialist who was homesick for his farming origins. Once his many Europe-wide successes and patents had earned him enough money to invest in Friulian soil - around the year 1970 - he bought a few acres of... rocks and stones, in Grave del Friuli.

This is the region's largest DOC zone, and fast becoming one of Italy's new star appellations. Its name refers to the gravelly alluvial soil, conducive to some of the country's most impressive whites, yet also the home of outstanding reds: soft, fruity and graceful, exquisitely feminine in style.

Plozner is located in one of its most privileged areas, whose amazing rocky, unwieldy soil is instrumental for extract and style. The property now covers a total of 240 acres, 136 of which under vine - yielding an average 65,000 cases yearly. An extraordinary terrain, combined with the resourceful Lisio's avant-garde technology, the expert management of his daughter Valeria, and Francesco Visentin's wine-making skills, show Grave del Friuli at its best.

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