Borgo Del Tiglio
Nicola Manferrari is a highly regarded winemaker throughout Italy for his ability to bring out the textural complexities of white varietals from Friuli. Surprisingly though, he stumbled into his profession later in life. Originally trained as a pharmacist, he developed a deep interest in the vineyard, which quickly became a serious distraction from his job at his mother’s pharmacy. After his father passed away in 1981, he found himself in charge of five hectares of land, three of which were covered in grapevines. Over the next 30 years, with deep curiosity, plenty of patience, and great skill, Nicola developed Borgo Del Tiglio into a benchmark for Friuli winemaking. His Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia, and Chardonnay reach optimal ripeness and offer aspects of climate, soil and vine age that are impossible to replicate in other areas of Friuli, let alone the world.
I was driving through the neighboring town in early 2009 looking for Borgo del Tiglio (still before I had an international cell phone and GPS). I used to get places the old fashioned way… asking old men on the streets of Italy where to find a producer. In this case I asked a man in his mid-70's where to find the winery. I assumed that because Borgo del Tiglio is one of he most historic from the area he'd have known... instead he replied "Cormons, I've never been there... it must be one kilometer from here"... as if half a mile would be too far to go in 75 years!
Strat of marl, Sandstone