Notes from the producer:
"Picolit is a white grape variety native to Friuli .
The current name is Picolit, but in the past it was also called Piccolito, Piccolit, Piccolitto Friulano. Tradition has it that it was already cultivated in Roman times, but the first historical documents date back to 1682: in a testamentary deed it is referred to as "A small cask of sweet Piccolit wine".
Count Fabio Asquini da Fagagna (1726-1818), also an agronomist, is the most important character in the history of Picolit: starting from Venice, starting in 1762, he organized a profitable trade throughout Europe, from London to Paris, from Amsterdam to Moscow, from the Imperial Court in Vienna to the Papal Court.
Unfortunately, already in the early 1800s and at the same time as Asquini's death, Picolit had begun a slow decline, even if it continues to be mentioned by various authors and we find it in grape exhibitions of the time. In particular, the Tuscan G. Gallesio inserts it as the only Friulian grape (Uva del Friuli or Piccolitto) in his "Italian Pomona or Treatise on Fruit Trees".
Phylloxera, which struck Friuli in 1888, risked making it disappear, like many other native Friulian vines.
The modern resurrection is linked to the Perusini family at the beginning of the 1900s at the Rocca Bernarda. Giacomo Perusini began by re-founding the ancient Picolit vineyard trying to find a solution to the main problem of the vine: its low productivity. His son Giacomo Perusini continued his father's work and had the merit of bringing the fame of wine back into vogue thanks above all to a high quality production which sensitized enthusiasts and journalists of the time."