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Cantina I Magredi
by
Kathy Sullivan

Cantina I MagrediSummary: Cantina I Magredi is an Italian winery where visitors are welcome to stop by without an appointment. The logo for the winery can also be seen in the design of the vineyard near the tasting room.

Cantina I MagrediAfter turning past the large stone with the I Magredi logo, we saw vineyards, a lavender garden, and large tanks with each letter of I Magredi spelled out across the row of tanks. Outside of the quaint yellow Degustazione E Vendita, tasting counters and chairs are available to accommodate visitors. It would be delightful to enjoy a glass of wine on a warm summer day at this location within view of the vineyards and lavender garden. The view of the Prealps is an additional perk.

History of I Magredi

The story of I Magredi began in 1968 when the winery was established. At the time apple and peach orchards were at the site. In 1989 Michelangelo Tombacco Treviso began planting vineyards in the stony soil. The soil is unusually stony and reminds one of the New Zealand vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels region. In the distance beyond the vineyards, visitors can enjoy views of the Prealps.

Cantina I MagrediVineyards

In 2008 the most recent vineyard was planted with an unusual pattern. This particular vineyard is planted in a large circle with rows radiating out from the center where a lone mulberry tree stands majestically surrounded by white wrought iron benches. The rows of vines are wide at the circumference and narrow at the center. The circular vineyard is the logo for I Magredi. The center of the vineyard is used for special wine tastings. Between the driveway and vineyard is a triangular garden filled with lavender.

I magredi vineyards include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer (Gewürztraminer,) Glera, Friulano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. The vineyards produce 1,500 tons of Glera (used for Prosecco) and 2,000 tons of Pinot Grigio.

Cantina I MagrediWinery

I Magredi uses a solar panel system on the winery roof that meets 30 percent of the winery’s needs. In addition to stainless steel tanks and state of the art winery equipment, the winery has underground cement tanks.
After harvest the grapes are cooled from 25 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius in one hour. He noted that this helps the grapes to retain their aromas. The grapes are then pressed. The winery produces 48,000 hectoliters, enough to fill over 500,000 cases.

Cantina I MagrediI Magredi Wines

In addition to I Magredi wines, the winery also offers a wine series named Tocco for shipping to Japan. Each bottle of Tocco has a colorful butterfly on the label. I Magredi and Tocco wines are available for international distribution.

I Magredi has a small event room that is used for wine classes and other events. The tasting room is open daily and offers an assortment of items including gift boxes of wines.

Cantina I MagrediFriulano 2011 with 12.5 percent alcohol was a straw color. The aroma was of yellow stone fruit and citrus. Almond nuances were on the taste. The crisp finish had citrus, almonds and some minerality. Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (12.5%) was a straw color. The aroma was of lemongrass and tropical fruit. The taste had tropical and citrus notes. The finish was crisp and fruity with a hint of mineral.

Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso (the jack/stem turns red) was a ruby to purple color wine. It offered dark fruit with tobacco hints. The finish had bold tannins with fruit yielding to tobacco. Cabernet Franc 2011 offered an herbaceous aroma with a taste of dark fruits. The finish had tannins and dark fruits with some herbaceous nuances on the finish.

One of the many delights of the I Magredi winery is that it is open most days for visitors to drop in and taste wines. The wines are also available internationally. Enjoy a visit to I Magredi winery for wine tastings at the Degustazione E Vendita. Be sure to ask about the unusual vineyard planted in the shape of I Magredi’s logo.

 

Cantina I Magredi
Via del Sole 15
Domanins 33090 San Giorgio della Richinvelda  PN, Italy

Article written April 2013

 


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