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Gravner

Many words have been used to describe Josko Gravner. Pioneer. Maverick. Visionary. Legend. He has pushed the boundaries of winemaking more than any other in Italy, and perhaps the world, over the last three decades. If he has inspired countless others, he nevertheless remains in a league of his own.

Ribolla Gialla 'Anfora'

This amber wine coats the palate with sweet fruit, savoury herbs and umami. Smoke, tobacco, dried apricots, wild flowers and smoke all add nuance on the finish. Utterly beguiling, mesmerisingly textured.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGT Venezia Giulia
VINTAGE: 2008
STYLE: white
GRAPE: ribolla gialla
FARMING: biodynamic
FERMENTATION: amphora
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 15%
CASE SIZE: 9

Bianco 'Breg'

Lush, exuberant fruit melds with ash, smoke, incense, dried apricot and wild flowers in a powerful, structured wine endowed with considerable depth.

A blend of pinot bianco and sauvignon with riesling italico and chardonnay, the varieties are fermented separately in amphorae but blended before spending six years in barrel. The result is seamless harmony.

quick facts

APPELLATION: IGT Venezia Giulia
VINTAGE: 2008
STYLE: white
GRAPES: riesling italico, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay
FARMING: biodynamic
FERMENTATION: amphora
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
CASE SIZE: 9

Rosso 'Breg'

Fermented on the skins and then aged for 5 years in barrel and another 5 in bottle before release. The 2005 vintage was the last one to be fermented in oak vats; all subsequent vintages are fermented in amphora.

Produced from pignolo, a red variety native to Friuli that produces deeply-coloured, tannic and ageworthy wines with dense, dark-berried flavours and plenty of balancing acidity. Plantings decreased significantly in the last century or so in favour of the higher-yielding schioppettino (a situation not helped by pignolo’s omission from most Friulian appellations) but thanks to efforts by growers like Gravner, it has not been lost.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Vino Rosso
VINTAGE: 2005
STYLE: red
GRAPE: pignolo
FARMING: biodynamic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14%
CASE SIZE: 6

Gravner

Many words have been used to describe Josko Gravner. Pioneer. Maverick. Visionary. Legend. But perhaps the word that captures his philosophy most accurately is honesty. In his way of speaking, in his respect for the land and vines in his care, in the expression of the grape through the wine. He has pushed the boundaries of winemaking more than any other in Italy, and perhaps the world, over the last three decades. If he has inspired countless others, he nevertheless remains in a league of his own.

Focussed on white varieties, he harvests late, routinely into November, encouraging botrytis where possible. In the past, he was a champion of ultra-modern winemaking, but he rejected such manipulation and now ferments the wines in underground terracotta amphorae, an ancient type of vessel that represents the origins of winemaking and the absence of technology. After resting on the skins until the following spring, the wines are racked into large oak casks, where they remain for 6 years – unheard of for white wines. No yeasts are added, and no sulphur. These are fascinating, textural masterpieces, displaying elegance and a lightness of touch, and above all, individuality.