Italy’s north-eastern corner is home to its greatest concentration of fine white wines. It was in the region of Collio Goriziano that low-temperature winemaking techniques were introduced in the 1960s, and the fresh, delicately aromatic style of these often varietal wines became the new blueprint for the whole area. Collio (as it is commonly known) was under Hapsburg rule until 1918, which explains the well-established presence of French grapes alongside local specialities like Tocai Friulano and Ribolla Gialla.
Marco Felluga is a leading exponent of modern Collio, offering unoaked varietal wines of intensity and purity, plus the lightly oaked and beautifully textured Molamatta blend. Red wine makes up only 15% of the region’s output, but Bordeaux blends are a speciality, and the complex, refined Carantan should not be overlooked.