Grape(s): Pinot Grigio
Localization: Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Tasting Notes: Marco Felluga Mongris Pinot Grigio is a golden yellow color with very slight coppery nuances. The strong and immediate fragrance presents itself with pronounced hints of acacia flowers, broom, apple, and pear. The taste is characterized by a good fruitiness and a balanced complexity. In the finish, it is very persistent and elegant.
Notes: The grapes are carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit is soft crushed. The must obtain is then allowed to settle. The now-clarified must ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine settles on the lees in stainless steel containers for six months. The bottled wine is aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for a minimum of two months.
The Domain: 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.
Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore are now managed by Marco's son Roberto Felluga, with Roberto's daughter Ilaria studying enology and perhaps to follow in the family business as the sixth generation. The vineyards are located in four different parts of Collio, Farra d'Isonzo, San Floriano del Collio, Oslavia, and Cormòns, which allows for strategic grape selection for the numerous wines produced. Three-quarters of the winery's production is white wines, made from both international and local grape varieties. The Marco Felluga line of white wines is kept mostly in stainless steel to ensure freshness but is also left on the lees to add richness and complexity. They are designed to improve with age for several years and are considered an incredible value is given their pedigree and quality. They also make red wines from Merlot and the indigenous variety Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.