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Ciani Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

The Celts, who occupied these areas a few centuries before the Romans, had already started to appreciate and grow grapes, which came, as shown by recent studies, from the East, possibly Turkey.  What is certain is that wines from Friuli have a 2,000 year documented history: from 180 BC., when the Romans established their first colony in the Aquileia countryside.  A century later, in 53 BC, Julius Caesar founded Forum Julii (the name of the present day Cividale, from which the name of the region “Friuli” originated).  It was his legionnaires, turned peaceful farmers, who developed vine growing on the sunny slopes of the Colli Orientali. Since the times of Julius Caesar, through twenty centuries of history, vine growing and the production of renowned wines have become a heritage at the basis of the wine making tradition of the Colli Orientali del Friuli.  It is a tradition which enabled producers to start a new and fruitful period of development in the 20th century.