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MARCO FELLUGA

FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA

MARCO FELLUGA

FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA



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ABOUT THE WINERY

One of the most interesting hotbeds of white-wine production in Italy is Collio Goriziano, a stretch of the hilly border of Friuli with Slovenia. Good growing conditions for white grape varieties, a penchant for experimentation, and talented winemakers combine to put this out-of-the-way area on the wine map. Two of the top producers in Collio are the Marco Felluga winery and Russiz Superiore, both of which are now under the leadership of winemaker Roberto Felluga (and both of which are imported by Dalla Terra). 

The Felluga family traces its wine industry lineage to the late 1800s, when Roberto Felluga’s great-great-grandfather Michele started a business buying and selling wines in Istria (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Michele’s son Marco added winemaking to the business, growing grapes and making some wine on the family farm just south of Trieste in what is now southwestern Slovenia. After World War I, Marco’s son Giovanni continued the family wine trade, selling Istrian wine in Trieste and in Grado in southern Friuli. He also opened a cellar in Gradisca d’Isonzo in Collio in 1938, but World War II soon broke out, disrupting life for a decade. 

After the war, Istria became part of Soviet-dominated Yugoslavia, the family lost their farm there, and Collio became their home. Two of Giovanni’s seven children ultimately established wineries in the vicinity. Marco Felluga, after graduating from the renowned enology school in Conegliano, worked for his elder brother Livio for a while, before Livio left to open his own winery in Rosazzo. Marco stayed in the walled 15th-century fortress town of Gradisca d’Isonzo and founded his eponymous winery in 1956. 

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WINERY LOCATION: Gradisca d’Isonzo (Gorizia province), Friuli–Venezia Giulia
WINE REGIONS: Collio DOC, Friuli DOC, IGP Venezia Giulia
VINEYARD LAND: 250 acres (100 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable & Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Friulano, Verduzzo, Merlot, Refosco dal Peduncolo
WINE STYLES: Dry white; dry red
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 600,000 bottles (450,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 1956
OWNER: Roberto Felluga
WINEMAKERS: Alessandro Sandrin and Roberto Felluga

WINES

MARCO FELLUGA FRIULANO COLLIO DOC

Collio’s hilly terrain is well known for producing excellent white wines. This wine is made from 100% Friulano, one of the oldest indigenous grape varieties of Friuli, with plantings in the area dating back to the 11th century.

MARCO FELLUGA RIBOLLA GIALLA COLLIO DOC

Collio’s hilly terrain is well known for producing excellent white wines. This wine is made from 100% Ribolla Gialla, one of the most typical grape varieties cultivated in the Collio DOC. Hints of its cultivation here date back to the 14th century.

MARCO FELLUGA “JUST MOLAMATTA” FRIULI DOC

The “Just Molamatta” Friuli Bianco is a blend of grape varieties of the region with all-stainless-steel production. The name Molamatta comes from an old watermill (mola) near one of the vineyards. The water flow was so strong that it kept moving the millstone even when the mill was not working, and local farmers called it crazy (matta).

MARCO FELLUGA “MOLAMATTA” COLLIO BIANCO DOC

Collio’s hilly terrain is well known for producing excellent white wines. This single-vineyard Collio Bianco is a blend of three well-established white grape varieties of the area: Friulano, Pinot Bianco, and Ribolla Gialla. The name Molamatta comes from an old watermill (mola) that sits near one of the vineyards. The water flow was so strong that it kept moving the millstone even when the mill was not working, and local farmers called it crazy (matta).

MARCO FELLUGA “MONGRIS” PINOT GRIGIO COLLIO DOC

Collio’s hilly terrain is well known for producing excellent white wines. The Mongris Pinot Grigio benefits from the mineral-rich but poor soils, producing a complex, well-structured example of this ubiquitous grape variety from northeastern Italy. The name Mongris comes from the contraction of “Mono-variety Gris,” referring to Pinot Grigio aka Pinot Gris.

MARCO FELLUGA “MONGRIS” PINOT GRIGIO RISERVA COLLIO DOC

This Riserva version of the Mongris Pinot Grigio provides a different expression of that grape variety due to partial barrel fermentation and 2 years of lees aging. The name Mongris comes from the contraction of “Mono-variety Gris,” referring to Pinot Grigio aka Pinot Gris.

MARCO FELLUGA “RONCO DEI MORERI” REFOSCO DAL PEDUNCOLO ROSSO VENEZIA GIULIA IGT

Marco Felluga’s Ronco dei Moreri is made from 100% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, a very old varietal that has been documented as growing in Venezia Giulia since 1467. Refosco is characterized by a balance between structure and elegance. The vineyard’s name describes its position—ronco is a dialect term for the top of a hill—and the mulberry trees (moreri) that surround the vineyard.

MARCO FELLUGA “VARNERI” MERLOT COLLIO DOC

Marco Felluga’s Varneri is made from 100% Merlot, the most important red grape variety of Friuli–Venezia Giulia. Proximity to the Alps and the sea, which send cooling afternoon breezes over the vineyards after a warm day of sun, create the ideal situation for producing complex, well-structured wines that are very ageworthy.

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WINERY:
Gradisca d’Isonzo (Gorizia province), Friuli–Venezia Giulia

VINEYARD:
Collio area (Gorizia province), Friuli–Venezia Giulia

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