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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 the Marco Felluga winery and Russiz Superiore, both of which are now under the leadership of winemaker Roberto Felluga (and both of which are imported by Dalla Terra). 

The Felluga family traces its wine industry lineage to the late 1800s, when Roberto Felluga’s 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
WINE REGIONS: 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): Roberto Felluga
WINEMAKER(S): Alessandro Sandrin and Roberto 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 “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 “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 “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 "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 “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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FEBRUARY 2021
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Riserva 2016

The Marco Felluga 2016 Collio Pinot Grigio Riserva Mongris is an elegantly contained and balanced white, with a long and silky finish that is pushed forward by preserved lemon, pine nut, poached pear, crushed stone and a delicate touch of mulling spice. You also get some spiciness on the close that is nicely integrated thanks to the wine's creamy texture and mid-weight approach. A Moroccan chicken dish would make a great partner.

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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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NOVEMBER 2020
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2019

If you are curious about the wines of the Marco Felluga winery, check out the 2019 "Mongris" Pinot Grigio (yes, Pinot Grigio) from Collio - and forget any stereotypes of Pinot Grigio as basically a crisp, straightforward, simple white wine.  Here you’ll find notes of lemon, apple, pear and peach in a medium-bodied white with rich texture.  

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JANUARY 2021
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Riserva 2017

The 2017 Pinot Grigio Mongris Riserva is sweetly perfumed and exotic, as dried peaches and nectarine give way to notes of lemon confit, white smoke and vanilla bean. It has suave, silky textures that coast across a medium-bodied frame, all held in perfect balance by vibrant acids. Ripe apples, pears, melon and even a spearmint freshness make an appearance, marked by stimulating minerality, all under an air of sweet florals. This extroverted and structured Pinot Grigio is sure to win a lot of fans and excel over the medium term in our cellars. The Mongris gains its character and richness through partial fermentation in five hectoliter oak barrels, followed by two years refining on the lees prior to bottling.

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JANUARY 2021
Marco Felluga "Amani" Friulano Collio DOC 2019

The 2019 Friulano Amani lifts up with an exotic display of tropical citrus and hints of spice, then slowly settles and evolves to show ripe apple with pretty white flowers. It’s wonderfully poised and balanced, showing an attractive inner sweetness to its orchard fruits, contrasted by salty minerals adding a tactile feel. Hints of vanilla bean, peaches and mint linger, provided a fully satisfying finale.

91
JANUARY 2021
Marco Felluga “Mongris” Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2019

The 2019 Pinot Grigio Mongris is a spicy, savory expression of the grape, fresh and more floral than fruity. It’s silky textures usher in citrus-tinged orchard fruits and salty minerals, creating an energetic and tactile display. Hints of lime and residual acids sizzle through the finale, making it hard to resist another sip.

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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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JANUARY 2021
Marco Felluga "Maralba" Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2019

The 2019 Ribolla Gialla Maralba stands out for its rich and earthy personality. Layers of ripe apricot, apple and sweet spice give way to notes of candied ginger and floral undergrowth. The textures are silky, coasting across a medium-bodied frame with building tension, as ripe orchard fruits give way to zesty green citrus. It’s structured yet clean and balanced, with lasting minerality.