In Friuli, the northeast Italian wine region considered among the most technically advanced and expressive of terroir, Fernando Pighin & Figli has seamlessly combined technical expertise with respect for tradition in the production of complex, highly regarded Pinot Grigio.
Fernando Pighin & Figli was founded in 1963 when brothers Ercole, Luigi and Fernando Pighin acquired a 500-acre estate in the DOC Grave-del-Friuli zone from an aristocratic Friulian family. The vineyard acreage belonging to the property had for several generations been farmed by 25 families under the former proprietor’s management.
The Pighins’ transformation of the estate began in 1964, when a reconstruction restored the property to vineyards (70 percent) and apple and pear orchards (30 percent). New administrative offices and cellars in Risano were completed in 1967. With considerable subsequent investment, this winery and cellars have remained among the most technologically advanced in Friuli.
In 1968, a further 75 acres of vineyards were acquired at Spessa di Capriva, in the tiny, prestigious DOC Collio zone, expanding the company’s portfolio to encompass a full range of fine, classic wines from the two finest viticultural growing areas in Friuli.
In 2004 management of the family business came entirely under the control of Fernando Pighin and his wife Danila, son Roberto and daughter Raffaella. Today, 90% of the property is vineyards and 10% remains orchards.