The Bollini story began in 1979, when Neil and Maria Empson decided to create their own label in the Alpine foothills of Friuli and Trentino. Their goal was to showcase the excellence and consistency of international varieties grown in the cool northeastern regions, while keeping the prices affordable. A classic in the Dolomites, Sauvignon Blanc has found growing conditions similar to those in its original terroir, the Gironde, in southern France. This grape performs best on sunny hillsides where soils are rich in gravel. Sunlit vineyards in the Dolomites area, mainly in Trentino, located at about 984 feet above sea level, south/southwestern exposure, gravelly soils; density is about 4,000 – 5,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are picked when the berries begin to turn green/gold, when sugar concentration and aromas are in perfect harmony. Once the berries have been de-stemmed and crushed, they are chilled and left to macerate for twelve hours before pressing. Traditional white wine vinification is then carried out.