Wines

Vodopivec

Friuli (Trieste)

Vodopivec
The vineyard is framed by the Carso, the hard, solid rock found in this isolated area of Italy. The wine cellar was made by blasting through this Carso, and digging down deep into the earth. Vines are planted at 10,000 vines/ha, and are trained with Alberello trellasing, with minuscule yields of only 0.5kg per plant. Rain waters the grapevines, no other irrigation is required. The grapes which enter the wine-cellar are prepared by long, slow maceration, restoring little by little what Nature has created in time. What Nature has given to the vineyard,  the grapes now give to the wine.
 
The temperature in the cellar is naturally constant. No filters or refrigeration is needed, as the wine is born in the most natural fashion and finds in the amphora its container par excellence, the fundamental element of wine-making. The wine is best expressed through storage in underground terra cotta, placed at a constant temperature for a period of five to seven months. It will then spend two years in large barrels, so as not to rush the final product.
 
Today’s vineyard is heir to a farming family that has always been tied to the land. Their passion has its roots in the awareness of what it is. Today it produces one and only one wine, Vitovska, the wine of the Carso, with rich historical heritage. There is but one way and it has already been indicated, the choice of following it is the most obvious. A choice of life tied to Nature, of listening to the land and its rhythms. Nothing must be forced,  wisdom lies in knowing how to wait for the right time. This is the path of Nature, of respect for life. The wine is born in its microcosm and is the mirror of Nature. The Carso outside is discovered in the bottle.

Vodopivec