Nicola Manferrari was originally trained in pharmacology, though that was a decision made more out of respect to a family tradition than passion. In 1981, Nicola’s father died, and he was put in charge of his father’s ‘hobby’ – five hectares of land, three of which were planted with vines. It was then that he found his calling. Nicola developed his winemaking style by following his instincts, only to find that many of the techniques he ‘invented’ in Friuli were in fact quite common in other parts of Europe. He later taught himself French so he could read “Physiologie de la Vigne” by François Champagnol.
Nicola’s wines are indicative of a winemaker that listens to his palate and lets that guide his work. The precision and depth of his wines make it hard to argue against those that believe he is one of the greatest white winemakers in Italy.