Borgo Del Tiglio

Friuli, Italy

Nicola Manferrari is a highly regarded wine maker throughout Italy for his ability to find the textural complexity of white varietals from Friuli. His origins are not unlike many other great winemakers, in that he stumbled into his profession later in life. His vocation was as a pharmacist, but he often found himself wandering through the vineyards and showing a more serious interest in winemaking as opposed to his pharmacy job. After his fathers passing in 1981 he found himself in charge of 5 hectares of land with 3 under vine, basically by default. Over the past twenty-nine years Nicola's Borgo Del Tiglio winery has become a benchmark in the Friulano winemaking culture. His Friulano, Sauvignon, 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.

Nicola Manferrari is one of Friuli’s original trailblazers. Along with Mario Schiopetto, Josko Gravner and Silvio Jermann, Manferrari was just one of a handful of producers in the 1980s who had the vision and courage to follow his convictions. Winemakers like Enzo Pontoni and Edi Kante, each in their own way, followed that same spirit. Still, Borgo del Tiglio remains vastly overlooked considering the quality of what goes into the bottle. So much of what is made in Friuli today is essentially commercial, large-production wine with little personality. In that context, Borgo del Tiglio is a towering presence of true excellence and a shining beacon of what is possible in one of Italy’s greatest but often most underachieving appellations.” — ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS.COM