38 vineyards scored more than 90/100 points in 2021, complying all Bigot Index's key factors: production, exposed leaves' surface (SFE – Superficie Foliare Esposta), the ratio between leaves and production (SFE/kg), grapes' health, grape variety, hydro-stress, strength, biodiversity and microorganisms, the vineyard's age.
The award ceremony took place on April 10th, during Vinitaly 2022 at the Friuli Venezia Giulia regional pavilion. «The awarded vineyards are able to enhance a whole territory's value in terms of quality, thus becoming their own area's representatives, while giving peculiar features to wines that were born there – said Giovanni Bigot – And wines coming from single vineyards are increasingly setting a new trend, so a vineyard's evaluation according to specific standards helps increase the final product's value, and stresses the importance of the raw material: grapes».
The highest scorers: winning vineyards in Friuli Venezia Giulia
Friuli Venezia Giulia led the way as the Italian region with the highest number of top vineyards: 16 out of the 38 award winners are Friulian. And so is the highest scorer, too: the Friulano Hrib of winemaking firm La Castellada, near Gorizia, got 95/100 points! Two more vineyards from La Castellada got a good placement: Friulano Dolinca and Hrib Merlot.
The following Friulian vineyards also made it to the top list: Livio Felluga's Friulano Case 25; Russiz Superiore's Tocai Friulano Centralina and Cabernet Franc Pietra; Radikon's Oslavje; Sgubin Ferruccio's Sauvignon Lonzano Alto; Le Vigne di Zamò's Sauvignon Zegla di Sturm, Sauvignon Rosazzo and Tocai Friulano Buttrio; Vignai da Duline's Ronco Pitotti Sauvignon; La Sclusa's Tocai Friulano Braida; Ferlat's Moscato Vin dal Paron; Il Carpino's Friulano Stesa; Ronco delle Betulle's Cabernet Sauvignon Narciso.
Other Italian regions got some good placements: Veneto, Lumbardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Puglia, Umbria. Sardinia flaunted the winemaking firms with more award-winnig vineyards: five vineyards belonging to Bentu Luna. The Bigot Index also went international, awarding two vineyards in Slovenia (winemaker Marjan Simcic) and one in France.
Giovanni Bigot founded Perleuve back in 2012, a wine consulting company centered on vineyards, with a multidisciplinary approach. It's a team of agronomists and wine experts whose aim is enhancing wines' quality through a deeper care and understanding of vineyard's health. Besides developing the Bigot Index or Indice Bigot, they also launched the app 4Grapes, an operative tool enabling the monitoring of vineyards and the collecting of data. Bigot also started in 2020 the Academy 4Grapes, the first Italian academy for specialists in vineyards' monitoring.