Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia IGT

After stacking up years of experience in wineries not his own, venerable enologist Giovanni Bortoluzzi and his wife Mireide realized their dream of opening their own winery in 1982 when they acquired vineyards in Gradisca d’Isonzo. Since then, the winery has grown exponentially and now extends 50 hectares (124 acres), producing 200,000 bottles a year, in two very distinct areas of the region: Gradisca d’Isonzo, where the vineyards surround the winery, and in the Friuli Venezia Giulia DOC zones of Collio and Isonzo. Giovanni’s children Alessio, Alberto and Angela currently work alongside Giovanni, with each focusing on a different area of operations: agricultural engineering and vineyard manager, administration and marketing, and sales director and winery manager, respectively.
The areas are excellent for the production of wine, Collio in particular. When asked about it, Giovanni Bortoluzzi explained, “The wines from our region are greatly influenced by the climate and terrain and because of this they have unique features. Because they are so connected to the territory and the environment, the characteristics (like acidity and alcohol volume) could change. But this is synonymous with authenticity and the result of how serious we take our work. They say you can understand the character of a producer through his wine and I believe this is true: I want people to taste in our wines the passion, love and dedication my family and I put into our work.”
After being carefully harvested exclusively by hand, the grapes are soft-pressed whole. They are then cold-decanted and fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in stainless steel. Delicate, with notes of fresh citrus and spring flowers. A classic aperitif wine in northeastern Italy, it is also excellent alongside oysters and other seafood.


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, Austria

Grape Varieties:

100% Ribolla Gialla

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

Approx. 15 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

17 °C (62.6 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

No

Aging containers:

Stainless steel tanks

Bottling period:

April

Aging before bottling:

9 months

Closure:

Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Gradisca d'Isonzo

Soil composition:

Calcareous, gravelly soil, rich in minerals and micro-elements.

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

25-30 (80-100 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,820 vines per acre

Yield:

3.24 tons per acre

Exposure:

northeastern

Years planted:

2004-2014

Age of vines:

5-10 years old

Time of harvest:

April

Total yearly production (in bottles):

4,000

Tasting notes:

Straw yellow in color, it has a pleasant and delicate nose, recalling fresh fruit and spring flowers, with a characteristically dry, slightly citrus flavor.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 8-10 °C (46.4-50 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful choice for an aperitif or served alongside delicate fish, oysters and shellfish.

Aging potential:

Up to 5 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.: 12 % by volume.

Winemaker:

Giovanni Bortoluzzi