Massimo Di Lenardo has a great determination and clear stylistic ideas for his wines. This clear vision has made him quickly become one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable. Massimo’s ancestors began cultivating grapes in the 1800s. Since 1987 Massimo has made wines exclusively from his own hand harvested vineyards, now planted with densities at between 4,500 and 6,500 plants per hectare with consequently very low yields.
In Friuli, Di Lenardo owns roughly 55 hectares across four vineyards: Vigne dai Vieris, Vigne da San Martin, Vigne da les Maris, and Tiare D’Albe. In addition, they directly control the cultivation and harvest of approximately nine other hectares, 5 are near Palmanova and 4 on the hills of Friuli. Therefore, they utilize a total of approximately 64 hectares.
The winery is fully committed to Massimo’s philosophy of emphasizing the fruit purity and acidity of the grape without masking the natural flavor profile. The white wines are all fermented in stainless steel with prolonged lees contact. They all show great richness, especially considering their low price tag, while retaining freshness and above all a well defined varietal character.