Our history

The roots of the noble house of the Porcía e Brugnera go back to the Middle Ages. The family is represented today by Principe Gherardo, with his son Guecello, and by his brother Paolo and his children Manfredo and Giulia, and their respective families. A document dating back in fact to 1181 attests to the family’s investiture as counts and to their ownership of feuds in western Friuli; at their center is the massive Castello di Porcía, which played a prominent role over the centuries in significant political and cultural events.

The Principi di Porcía e Brugnera family has resided in these lands for over eight centuries, and with each successive generation has succeeded in keeping its prestige highly burnished and in preserving its local traditions and its connections with history. It has thus created in times long past impressive agricultural operations, and over time has succeeded in growing them into a prestigious farming estate that is not only the pride of the family itself but an integral part of Friuli history.

One of the region’s most influential agricultural enterprises, with properties in Azzano Decimo, Porcìa, and Pramaggiore, the farming operation comprises 850 hectares, of which 143 are in vineyard. Consistently utilizing avant-garde equipment and cultivation practices, the estate has always focused on careful diversification of its products, and in so doing is able to reduce risks from adverse weather and to achieve sustainable development of its lands.

My farm has been operating now for over 800 harvests -says the owner, Guecello Count di Porcia e Brugnera- and therefore long before the current media barrage about the predictions of  oil crash catastrophes and the need to reduce harmful emissions from the extraction and combustion of gas and mineral fossils; we ourselves have long ago adopted practices that are today regularly referred to as “traditional agriculture,” precisely the system that, looking back, is now being re-evaluated, paradoxically enough, and being advanced as the most efficient and sustainable long-term. This centuries-long approach, which respected a Nature that gives and receives, and was applied above all to sustain and give work to the local farming families, was based on the only method possible, that of crop rotation. Which means that the relationship between sustainability, respect for nature, and agriculture is certainly no new theme”.