Founded in the 1920s, the Vigne di Zamò (Vines of Zamò) winery is one of Friuli oldest continuously operating wineries. Still owned and operated today by the Zamò family, the estate stretches over 65 hectares planted to grape between Friuli and Slovenia with elevations that range from 300-450 meters a.s.l. The family’s property also includes the legendary Abbazia di Rosazzo (Abbey of Rosazzo), a historic abbey and farm renowned for its calcareous limestone soils (ponca in the local dialect) and its unique macroclimate. Thanks to its unusually mild temperatures, it’s one of the few places in Friuli where olives can be grown for olive oil production. Organic farming practices are employed across the Zamò family’s vineyards and no herbicides are ever used. The winemaking style is strictly traditional. Icons of Friulian and Italian viticulture, the Zamò family made history once again when it decided to rename its flagship 100 percent Tocai Friulano “No Name.” Inspired by the 2009 EU ruling that Hungary had exclusive rights to use the designation “Tokaj,” the wine is blended from three of Friuli’s most famous vineyards. But Vigne di Zamò can’t call it “Tocai.” So they decided to give it “no name” at all.
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Le Vigne di Zamò (the Vines of Zamò) and its picturesque Abbazia di Rosazzo (Rosazzo Abbey) are considered by many to be the pinnacle of Friulian winemaking. The statues that still stand outside the abbey are part of one of Friuli’s most photographed and iconic vistas.