Situated on the banks of the river Natisone, surrounded by green hills, Manzano can rightly be proud of its wine production, and in particular of what is one of the most important locations for viticulture in Friuli: the Abbey of Rosazzo.
This magnificent architectural complex, dating back to the year 1000 and destroyed and rebuilt several times, was one of the few centres that preserved the local winemaking heritage in medieval times thanks to the work of Benedictine and Dominican monks. Recent restoration of the entire complex offers visitors all the austere beauty of nine centuries of history. Walks in the surrounding area are no less exciting for nature lovers: the Sdricca ecological path, the banks of the river Natisone and the ruins of the old castle.
On the hills of Rosazzo, thanks to the recently revised Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC production regulations, a cru (the term sub-zone in Italian legislation does not do justice to these acknowledged areas of excellence) of particular prestige was identified. Picolit, Ribolla Gialla and Pignolo are the most interesting wines and, in recent years, they have been carefully selected and recovered. Here, the climate is largely influenced by the closeness to the sea. Now, as in the days of the Benedictine monks, the fruit of olive trees also ripens well.