A fairly recent history, but one which has certainly brought its main character, Dorino Livon, a long way, to make him one of the best established and best known wine growers in Friuli. A history, however, which has its origins in a family passion and tradition: the love for his homeland, Friuli, and especially for that stretch of land which is the last bastion of Italy toward eastern Europe: the Collio and the eastern hills of Friuli. In 1964 Dorino Livon bought his first vineyard on the hills of the Collio and gradually added more to that. The Livon farm grew from year to year. At the same time the plan to build his own wine-making cellar developed, perfectly equipped and with the most advanced technological systems. The decision to diversify the production of the wines which, keeping their high quality, were able to develop two different strategic concepts, dates back to the beginning of the 1980s, after Dorino’s two sons Valneo and Tonino joined the firm. The subsequent strategic turning point in the firm happened during the course of the five years from 1992 to 1997 when, realizing they had to stay competitive in a rapidly changing market, the Livon family decided to buy three farms: two of these, Villa Chiopris and Tenuta Roncaldo, are in Friuli, whereas the third, Borgo Salcetino, is in Tuscany, in the Chianti Classico area. In 2001 the Livon family completed their range of production by buying the Fattoria Col santo in the municipality of Bevagna (Perugia) in the Montefalco DOCG area. In 2008, after a long period of restoration, the old Villa Chiopris Inn regained its former splendor. A farm with a global strategy, extremely diversified, with five diverse brands and over 200 hectares of vines: Livon, Tenuta Roncaldo and Villa Chiopris in Friuli, Borgo Salcetino in Tuscany and Fattoria Col santo in Umbria, with products destined to be where quality still counts, where things are done in the way they should be, where there is time to savor rare and precious treasures.
It is an intense red ruby color. On the nose it is intense and recalls spices and fruits of the forest. On the palate it is full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long finish.