Italy’s Rosé from a White Grape: Valentino Butussi’s Pinot Grigio Ramato
The Valentino Butussi vineyard and winery are located in one of the most charming parts of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the small town called Corno di Rosazzo. Overlooking (see photo) the vineyards of Corno di Rosazzo is the Abbey of Rosazzo, which dates back to the 10th century. We visited Corno di Rosazzo and the Abbey while preparing our report on The Wines of Friuli: Collio’s Special Whites. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the Valentino Butussi winery. However, Butussi recently sent us three ramato wines as part of our annual rosé review, so we now have the opportunity to write about them and, hopefully, we will do a more extensive portfolio review in the future. [We did review the Butussi Pignolo in an earlier article on Italian wine.] Butussi has a stellar reputation in Italy, so it’s especially disappointing that no US importer brings in their wines.
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