Torre Rosazza

Country: Friuli - Italy

Region: Friuli

Torre Rosazza is located in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, the easternmost appellation in Italy. Its name derives from ‘Turis Rusaceae’ or Tower of Roses and the estate includes the 18th century Palazzo De’ Marchi now converted into a winery with cellar and guest rooms. The property is centered on two natural amphitheatres of Eocene marl that are terraced and well exposed to the sun. Torre Rosazza’s vineyards cover 160 acres in a truly prime location surrounded by the top producers of the region. 
Owned by the insurance company Generali, Torre Rosazza is generously equipped with the latest vinification technology. One of Italy’s best enologists, Riccardo Cotarella, was recently appointed to oversee wine operations. With Mr. Cotarella's supervision, Genagricola, the largest agricultural company in Europe, has transformed Torre Rosazza into one of the finest estates in Friuli, offering the all the typical varietals of the area: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Friulano (formerly known as Tocai Friulano), Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Nero.

Torre Rosazza Collection

Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali DOC Price € 16.80


Sensory features: This straw-coloured wine has golden reflections. To the nose, it gives off pronounced floral scents that become fruity, recalling the flavour of apple and ripened pear. The palate will find this wine soft and engulfing as it wisely combines good body with pleasantly acidic backbone, which offer great drinking pleasure. Well-balanced in all its components, this wine has a good level of persistence.

Technical Notes 

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Grigio. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 120 –170m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

Vinification: Whole grapes are placed in the press, where they are softly squeezed. Winemaking occurs in white, immediately separating the skins from the musts, in steel vats at controlled temperatures. Partial malolactic fermentation is then carried out and the wine remains on the yeast-filled steel containers for six months. It is then bottled and left to rest for two more months

Best served: Highly versatile when dining, this wine is an excellent match for white meats and flavourful fish like tuna. It combines well with fish-based first courses and hearty bean soups. Finally, it‟s perfect when enjoyed with aged cold-cuts.

Alcohol content: 12.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali DOC Price € 16.80


Sensory features: Aromas of fragrant spring blossom, orchard fruit, hazelnut and bread crust lead the nose on this refined white. The elegantly structured palate offers creamy yellow apple, lemon drop and mineral alongside crisp acidity that leaves a tangy finish.

Technical Notes 

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Bianco. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 100 –175m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

VinificationFirst, the grapes are de-stemmed, and then they are subject to soft squeezing. Alcohol fermentation occurs at controlled temperatures in steel vats. Partial malolactic fermentation follows. Successively, the wine is left in yeast-filled steel containers for approximately six months. Later, it is bottled and left to rest in glass for at least two more months.

Best servedThis is a great wine for starters, risotto, savory soups or pasta and sliced raw fish. It matches well with oven-roasted pullets and stuffed pheasant.

Alcohol content: 13%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Ribolla Gialla Colli Orientali DOC Price € 16.80


Sensory features: This straw-coloured wine boasts a mid-range level of intensity. Its clean floral scents suggest melon and a light hint of citrus. To the palate, it‟s clear-cut, very fresh and flavourful, coherently characterized by the citrus scents perceived by the nose.

Technical Notes 

Grape variety : 100% Ribolla Gialla. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 120 –150m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

Vinification: The de-stemmed grapes undergo a soft squeezing process. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in steel containers maintained at controlled temperatures. Once fermentations are finished, the wine rests on the yeasts for at least 4 months before bottling.

Best Served: It makes an excellent aperitif and proves a great match for salty sandwiches and starters in general. It‟s also ideal for accompanying delicate first courses such as trofie pasta with pesto sauce and risotto with herbs

Alcohol content: 12.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Friulano Colli Orientali DOC Price € 16.80


Sensory features: This wine is a lively yellow of mid-range intensity and it appears crystalline in the glass. It‟s perfumes are clear-cut and well-defined. You‟ll discover meadow flowers, jasmine and pear. To the mouth, it‟s compact and vibrant, approachable and pleasant. This wine boasts good structure and persistence and it gives off an agreeable mineral taste that adds flavour at the finish.

Technical Notes

Grape variety: 100% Friulano. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 130 –170m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

Vinification: The de-stemmed grapes are softly pressed and macerated at low temperatures. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in steel at a constant temperature of 16°C. The wine remains on the yeast for approx. four months and after bottling, it is refined in the bottle for at least two months.

Best Served: Often served in Friuli as an aperitif, this wine is a magnificent match for typical cold-cuts from the region, especially San Daniele prosciutto. It pleasantly accompanies fresh, fatty cheeses, omelettes with herbs, flavourful risotto dishes and fish-based specialties. It‟s traditionally matched with eggs and asparagus.

Alcohol content: 12.5%

Bottle size: 750 ml

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Sauvignon Colli Orientali DOC Price € 16.80


Sensory features: Straw yellow in colour, giving off a well-defined bouquet. Initially, you‟ll perceive linden, followed by the fruity citrus scent of grapefruit that ends with a delicate boxwood flavour. To the palate, it‟s savoury, markedly aromatic and refreshing. It lasts a long time in the mouth, revealing an intriguing mineral note at the finish.

Technical Notes 

Grape variety : 100% Sauvignon. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 160 –170m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually and are macerated at low temperatures, before being softly squeezed. The musts obtained undergo alcoholic fermentation in steel tanks and they are maintained at controlled temperatures. Successively, the wine is placed in yeasts for approximately 6 months until the bottling phase.

Best Served: Splendid when enjoyed as an aperitif, it matches well with savoury dishes made with fish and first plates seasoned with herbs. Also, try it with cold-cuts and fresh herb-filled cheeses.

Alcohol content: 13 %

Bottle size: 750 ml

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Bandaròs Colli Orientali DOC Price € 18.00


This wine from the Bandaròs vineyard renders homage to the Bordolese wine-making tradition. It is made from a balanced combination of Carbernet Sauvignon and Merlot that has been refined in wood for a long period of time. Its Friuli‟s most tangible proof that the territory is also home to „Grandi Rossi‟ or „Great Reds‟.

Sensory features: This ruby-red wine is terse and intense. The nose will perceive its unbridled bouquet where you‟ll discover a sequence of fruity aromas including marasca cherry and raspberry, followed by the delicate herbal flavours of chlorophyll with a touch of green pepper and tobacco. To the palate, it is impetuous and full-bodied, proving equally complex and well-articulated to both the nose and mouth. Herbal flavours enhance the fruity mix offering finesse to each sip, sustained by a tannic texture that‟s fine and elegant.

Technical Notes 

Grape variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon & 40% Merlot. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 160 –170m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

Vinification: The grapes are gathered according to their respective ripening times and alcoholic fermentation is carried out separately in steel vats at a constant, controlled temperature. Once the fermentation process has been completed, „cutting‟ is carried out and the wine is placed in durmast barriques for refining which lasts at least 24 months. From the date that the wine is bottled, it undergoes an additional in-glass refining period that lasts 6 months.

Best Served: Excellent with savoury red meats, this wine is a good match for wild game. A delicious match for aged cheeses made with cow milk.

Alcohol content: 14.5 %

Bottle size: 750 ml

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Pignolo Colli Orientali DOC Price € 35.20


Originally from Friuli, this vine has an ancient tradition that has been documented since 1300. It was abandoned over the last few decades in favor of international vines that prove more generous and consistent. Using the few vine stocks taken from the vineyards of the Rosazzo Abbey, the Colli Orientali of Friuli area has been re-planted with this noble vine variety, that’s capable of generating wines with great character and typical appeal.

Sensory featuresThis ruby-red wine has light violet hues. To the nose, it is very complex boasting spicy tones and hints of sacristy wood, incense and ripened mascara cherry. The mouth will immediately perceive the wine’s woody flavour that’s balsamic and spicy with a strong but soft tannic nature. Very persistent.

Technical notes

Grape variety: 100% Pignolo

Terrain type: Marly and eocenic

Best served: This wine is characterized by its versatility at the table. Though it’s known for its noteworthy structure, it also makes a good match for light, elegant dishes thanks to its pronounced refined feel. Thus, it serves well with tasty soups, bean soups and flavourful meats like roasts, veal shank and mixed grilled meats.

Alcohol content: 14.5%

Bottle size: 750ml

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Picolit Colli Orientali DOCG Price € 31.70


Sensory featuresThis wine is brilliant gold. Its delicate, engulfing perfume recalls honey, pastry cream and white peach. The palate will be charmed by its compact texture and pleasantly intense sweetness.

Technical notes

One of the diamond points of Friuli’s wine-making tradition, this extre- mely precious wine derives from a fragile vine variety that has been carefully cultivated thanks to the know-how of farmers who lovingly work to obtain fruit that is truly a gift of nature. Torre Rosazza boasts the largest expanse of Picolit dei Colli Orientali del Friuli vineyards and, for the company, this wine has a special symbolic value that un- derlines the deep link it has nurtured with the territory since its founding. 

Grape variety: 100% Picolit. Grown on Marly and eocenic at an altitude of 120 –180m above sea level in the Oleis di Manzano area.

VinificationThese grapes are harvested by hand in the autumn and later placed on fruit racks, for a withering process that lasts for nearly 60 days. During this period, the grapes lose nearly 40% of their weight. Successively, the bunches are de-stemmed and their marcs are pressed. The must ob- tained undergo alcoholic fermentation partly in stainless steel and part- ly in durmast barriques. 

Best servedThis has always proved a meditative wine and it’s a pleasant surprise with fois gras pate, buffalo ricotta with acacia honey and butter pastries or cream-filled biscuits. It’s also great with fresh cheeses like Robiola and Tuma de paia. 

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size : 500 ml

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Altro Merlot Friuli Colli Orientali DOC Price € 28.40


It was 1987 when, among the vineyards of Torre Rosazza, the idea was born to produce a different wine than the Friulian tradition of the time. From this need was born Altromerlot, probably the first Friulian wine to be aged for a long time in French oak barrels, "other" than the merlot that could be tasted at that time. Twenty vintages later, Altromerlot became a standard of undisputed elegance and still remains "other" as a sign of the uncompromising and uninterrupted attention that comes from the vineyard to the table.

Sensory feautres: Intense and lively ruby red. The nose spreads out in delicate scents of small red berry fruits and blueberries, and then recalls hints of musk and forest. In the mouth you can immediately feel the lineage of the wine, of which elegance is the most evident attribute. It fills the palate with its softness and recalls red fruit jam, then evolves into discreet hints of wood. Long persistence.

Technical notes

Grape variety: 100% Merlot

Vineyards: Oleis of Manzano estate owned vineyards, grown on Eocene Marls at 250 above sea level.metres.

Vinification: The grapes, harvested strictly by hand with selection on the vine, are destemmed and placed in temperature-controlled steel vats where the must and skins remain in contact for 8/10 days. Complete malolactic fermentation follows and then a long aging in Allier oak barriques, which lasts at least 24 months.


Best served:  Great versatility on the table: although it is a wine with a remarkable structure, it can also be combined with light and elegant dishes because of its marked elegance. It goes well with both tasty soups, legume soups, but also tasty meats such as roasts, veal shank, mixed grills.

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

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