Marco is a third generation winemaker, having taken over from his father some 15 years ago. Marco and his wife Sandra live among their vineyards, which are scattered around their village of Povoletto in the Colli Orientali of Friuli.
Farming is completely natural; no chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides. Marco owns just 4 hectares of vines but rents an additional 3-4 ha from his neighbors and retired farmers in his village. Vine age is important to Marco, most of his vineyards are ‘historical’, having been planted in the early part of the 20th century. He has also planted his own vineyards in the past several years with ambitions of continuing his steady growth and preservation the traditional wines of the Colli Orientali…namely (Tocai) Friulano, Schioppettino and Refosco.
Winemaking is straightforward and natural with attention to every detail while maintaining local pride and tradition. No skin contact on the white wines, as is the tradition in the Colli Orientali…if you want orange wine go about 2 hrs east to the Collio. The white wines are direct pressed with a very gentle, slow pneumatic press before natural fermentation and aging in stainless steel on the lees until bottling during the Spring following harvest.
The red wines are destemmed, basket pressed and naturally fermented in stainless steel before aging in old barrels (5-15 years), generally 500 liter tonneux and bottling after 1 year.
Vineyard Size: 0.50 hectares
Soil: marl, sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 40-60 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 15 day maceration in stainless steel on skins, fermentation in barrels through malolactic
Aging: 12 months in barrels
Added S02: 40 mg/L