Ferdinando Zanusso founded I Clivi when he returned to Italy after thirty years and three different careers in Africa, including a stint in the United Nation’s World Food Program. His son Mario joined just after its inception and is involved in all aspects of the farm. Together they seek the fullest expression of their highly reputed terroir in Friuli’s esteemed Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio growing districts. What distinguishes I Clivi from their peers are their devastatingly low yields, steep terrain, and old vines that range from sixty to eighty years of age.
This superb Friulano white is sourced from one of Clivi's two finest vineyards. The Galea site is located up in the Gramogliano Hills, within the DOC territory of the Colli Oriantali del Friuli. Here 70-year-old Friulano vines lies in drier, more sun-facing soils, where they still manage to produce wines of immense elegance and delicacy. After 2 years in stainless steel, this serious white is known for a perfume that is less primary and fruit-driven and more about deeper characters of minerality and subtle, earthy wild herbs. Simply unique, the Galea is fabulous drinking!