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Gently nestled on the southern slopes of the outermost rim of the hills of the Friuli moraine amphitheater, Borgo Sant’Andrea is set amidst one of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes of the region, that embraces the whole plain below it, up to the hill of Santa Margherita del Gruagno. These rolling hills were formed by the great charge of sediments released during the last retreat of a huge glacier, in the Quaternary period. This is a fertile land and rich in water, dotted with small forests, blessed with abundant flora and wildlife. A legend tells of an ancient lake in the plain below, that has now vanished, whose traces can be found in the areas of wet meadowland and natural springs from which a very interesting system of small streams and “torrents” gush forth, true natural and environmental paradises. A landscape and surroundings that amaze both for their beauty as well as their similarity to the most famous Italian and French winegrowing regions.

The wine estate stands amdist a myraid of small country roads, far away from any heavy traffic, any industries or intensive farming or animal husbandry; here silence and peace reign supreme, broken only by the hushed sound of footsteps or the chirping of birds. Its rich fauna makes it the perfect place for birdwatchers, walks or bike rides.

The Vineyard

A vineyard with ancient roots, its uniqueness

The terroir is blessed a specific soil and morphologic heritage that was molded by an ancient glacier. Its ideal southernly exposure, cooled by breezes wafting from the Adriatic Sea and sheltered from the cold, northern winds, combined with the grapevines’ altitude of between 150 and 230 meters above sea level and the resulting broad temperature ranges and the delayed ripening of its fruit, guarantee the vineyards of Borgo Sant’Andrea a variety of microclimates and microhabitats that are unique and irreproducible. Thanks to the relationship of respect that man has built with the environment, this has resulted in wines with an unmistakable character and personality. Wines that are aromatic and elegantly perfumed… the natural and sincere expression of the this terroir’s peculiar wine vocation.

History

A fascinating place, rich in history, legends and emotions

The written history of this land and of this village dates back to the 11 th of June 983, when the German Emperor Otto II granted sovereignty over five castles, including Brazzacco, to Rodoald, the Patriarch of Aquileia.

The entire hill area of Friuli was as a matter of fact dotted with castles, that were essential for controlling the rare and crucial communication passageways of that time. These followed the ancient trails tred by the Celts up until the main roadways of the present day, all based on the pre-existing Roman roads.

At Brazzacco, a very extensive defensive wall encircled both the two upper and lower castles, their boundary walls as well as their very extensive lands.

The town of Sant’Andrea englobes all the ruins of the ancient Lower Castle of Brazzacco that was burned down during the raids in 1309 and the revolts of 1511, along with the main tower, the little church and the parish house, the latter as well harking back to the year 1000. This is in addition to homes, cottages, barns, sheds and everyhthing necessary for the daily life of many dwellers of the village and the agricultural needs throughout the ages.