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MARCO FELLUGA

FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA

MARCO FELLUGA

FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA



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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 Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore, both of which are now under the leadership of sixth-generation Ilaria Felluga, who is following in the footsteps of her father, Roberto Felluga, and her grandfather, Marco Felluga.  Both Roberto and Marco are icons for the region and were responsible for holding Collio to extremely high standards of production and viticulture.   

The Felluga family traces its wine industry lineage to the late 1800s, when Ilaria Felluga’s great-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
REGION: 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(S): The Felluga Family
WINEMAKER(S): Alessandro Sandrin and Ilaria Felluga

WINES

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 “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 "AMANI" 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.  The name "Amani" means "by hand" in the local Friulian dialect and references the way in which the wine is harvested and made.

MARCO FELLUGA "MARALBA" 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.  The name "Maralba" is a portmanteau of the names Alba (wife of Marco Felluga) and Marco, who had a particular affinity for the varietal.    

MARCO FELLUGA “MONGRIS” PINOT GRIGIO COLLIO DOC RISERVA

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 “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 “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.

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.

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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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APRIL 2023
Marco Felluga "Maralba" Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2021

Crushed green apples, sage and a spritz of lime form a spicy green-tinged bouquet as the 2021 Ribolla Gialla Maralba opens in the glass. This soothes with its silky textures as a core of brisk acidity adds a reverberation of tension. The 2021 finishes with a tart twang of citrus and saline minerals while keeping the mouth watering for more. Drink the Maralba for its energy or cellar it over the short term to reveal further depths.

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APRIL 2023
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2021

The 2021 Pinot Grigio Mongris is stunning, with a whiff of sweet smoke and stone dust that gives way to peach skins and mint. This is round, supple and lively throughout, with ripe orchard fruits complemented by candied lime. It leaves vanilla bean and almond paste nuances while leaving the palate completely refreshed.

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AUGUST 2021
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2020

Aromas of sliced apples, peaches, stones, herbs and white pepper. It’s medium-bodied with fresh acidity and a concentrated, complex and spicy palate. Delicious finish. Drink now

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SEPTEMBER 2023
Marco Felluga “Varneri” Merlot Collio DOC 2021

A rich and toasty merlot offering dark berries, cocoa powder, sweet spices and tarry undertones. Full-bodied. Firm and structured but with succulence to the fruit and a supple, more fluid mid-palate. Juicy and rich finish. Drink now.

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FEBRUARY 2021
Marco Felluga “Molamatta” Collio Bianco DOC 2015

More than five years into its evolution, this wine performs as if it were much younger than it really is. A blend of Pinot Bianco, Ribolla Gialla and Friulano, the Marco Felluga 2015 Collio Molamatta strikes a terrific balance between fruity freshness and creamy texture. The bouquet reveals white peach, poached pear, quince and toasted almond. It would make a great companion to some steamed mussels in a creamy garlic sauce.

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DECEMBER 2022
Marco Felluga "Amani" Friulano Collio DOC 2021

Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2022.  Leesy and rubbery, this has intense marzipan and earthy notes like dry white mushrooms. Fresh and creamy in the mouth, it's distinctively gentle, with a long, very pure and fruity finish. Elegant and delicious.

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AUGUST 2019
Marco Felluga “Molamatta” Collio Bianco DOC 2015

There’s a pretty dried-clove and vanilla lift to this, which is subtly played, and lemon and apple-curd aromas lurking in the background. Taut, mineral and precise, it nevertheless manages to deliver a good deal of concentration and hearty stone fruit. Drink now.    

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APRIL 2023
Marco Felluga “Molamatta” Collio Bianco DOC 2017

The 2017 Bianco Molamatta is seductive, with a rich mix of baked apples and pears accentuated by white flowers and almond custard. This is elegant, verging on opulent, but not quite, with oily textures hosting a mix of ripe tropical fruits. It finishes with admirable length and is spicy, leaving dried apricot and hazelnut notes to linger. The Molamatta is a blend of 40% Friulano, 40% Pinot Bianco and 20% Ribolla Gialla with extended lees aging that lasts up to a year.