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Livio Felluga

Everything begins, or better to say, begins again, after the world war two, when in the 1950's Livio Felluga, patriarch of Friuli's enology, decided to turn his dream into reality

 Friuli Venezia Giulia certainly is among the most representative regions of Italy according to a wine making point of view, and in particular, this region has always been appreciated for white wines, a practically implicit association which has consolidated with time. It is right among white wines which are found interesting expressions of autochthonous grapes famous worldwide and which represent two different wine styles identifying the enology of the region. Tocai Friulano, indisputable protagonist of the great white wines from Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the precious Picolit, with which are being produced excellent sweet wines, not only of this region, but also of Italy. Even red berried grapes are abundant in this region and among them, the one which is particularly distinguished, is Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, protagonist of interesting wines.


Terre Alte: the Great White Wine
from Livio Felluga
Terre Alte: the Great White Wine from Livio Felluga

 In this region is also found one of the most interesting and famous wineries of Italy - Livio Felluga winery - which has now become a solid reference point thanks to the constant quality of its wines, a certainty which distinguishes the enology of Friuli and of Italy as well. Despite Livio Felluga winery was established in 1956, the enological tradition of the Felluga family has a more ancient history of five generations long. In a period in which the geographical borders of this region are continuously confounded with the ones of Slovenia, and while waiting for the war facts of the 1900's to devastate the destiny of this land and of its people, Felluga family lived in the Istrian peninsula where it owned vineyards planted with Malvasia and Refosco and with which produced its wines. It was only in 1920 that Livio Felluga's grandfather decided to expand his wine business and gave his son Giovanni the responsibility of the commercial aspects in the city of Grado.

 It was in that period that the “kid” Livio Felluga began to get into enology among the bottles and wines produced by the family business. At the end of 1930's Felluga family decided to move to Friuli Venezia Giulia in the Collio area. Since those times Livio Felluga had very clear in his mind his project of enological production and was convinced wine was - first of all - the result of a strict quality which originated from the vineyards and completed in the cellar. Livio Felluga's projects were interrupted - as well as the ones of others - with world war two - in June 1940 - when he was called to the arms. Despite the events and the hard experiences the tragedy of every war leaves in the soul of men who are called to combat it, Livio Felluga returns to his Collio lands and decided to resume his project and to turn his dreams into reality.


From Merlot and Refosco dal Peduncolo
Rosso is Obtained SossÚ, the Renowned Livio Felluga's Red Wine
From Merlot and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is Obtained Sossò, the Renowned Livio Felluga's Red Wine

 Livio Felluga's dream is realized when in 1950's he finally bought a vineyards of few hectares in the Rosazzo area. During those years Italy was still a victim of the consequences of war and the people only wanted to throw everything away and to change their lives. These are the years in which the countryside is abandoned by their people attracted by the city life and a job in the industries. In this scenario of cultural and traditional decay for the Italian agricultural world, Livio Felluga tenaciously decides to continue the job for his dreams and with the goal of giving a new life to those hills. At those times there were few people who believed in the resources of agriculture and only time let us know Livio Felluga was right - as well as all the other ones who believed in similar dreams - and today he is considered by all as the patriarch of the enology's renaissance in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Livio Felluga also had the merit for “discovering” the extraordinary viticultural vocation of Rosazzo, a quality which is well represented by two of the great wines produced by this winery: Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Bianco Terre Alte and Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Rosso Riserva Sossò.

 Livio Felluga's winery is today located at Brazzano and owns more than 160 hectares of land (about 400 acres) of which 135 (about 330 acres) destined to vineyards and from which are being produced 650,000 bottles. Livio Felluga's wines are now famous in every country of the world, a sign of the enological excellence of Friuli Venezia Giulia and of Italy. The main reference markets are Italy, the European continent, United States of America, Japan, Australia and South America. Today the winery is run by Livio Felluga's sons: Maurizio, Elda, Andrea and Filippo. The excellence of the wines produced by this prestigious winery certainly is confirmed by tasting: all the wines are convincing and with no exception, both whites and reds. Among all wines, the excellent qualities of the white Terre Alte and the red Sossò are truly convincing. A particular mentions goes to the elegant white wine Rosenplatz, very well made and truly agreeable.

 




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Collio Bianco Rosenplatz 2003, Livio Felluga (Italy)
Collio Bianco Rosenplatz 2003
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Grapes: Chardonnay (65%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%)
Price: € 12.50 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of hawthorn, apple and peach followed by aromas of acacia, banana, broom, yellow rose, plum, grape, litchi and pear. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and pleasing smoothness, however balanced by alcohol, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, pear and plum. A well made wine. Rosenplatz ages for some months in barrique followed by 5 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Stuffed pasta, Fish and mushrooms soups, Sauteed fish



Colli Orientali del Friuli Bianco Illivio 2001, Livio Felluga (Italy)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Bianco Illivio 2001
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Grapes: Pinot Blanc
Price: € 20.30 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of toasted wood, banana and plum followed by aromas of hawthorn, honey, mineral, banana, apple, ripe peach and grapefruit. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and pleasing smoothness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of apple, plum and banana. Illivio ages in barrique for about 10 months followed by at least 16 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Roasted white meat, Stewed fish



Vertigo 2002, Livio Felluga (Italy)
Vertigo 2002
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Grapes: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%)
Price: € 11.00 Score:
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of plum and black cherry followed by aromas of violet, vanilla, blackberry, raspberry, cyclamen, blueberry and hints of bell pepper. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and plum. Vertigo ages for 12 months in barrique followed by 4 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Rosso Riserva SossÚ 2000, Livio Felluga (Italy)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Rosso Riserva Sossò 2000
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Grapes: Merlot, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
Price: € 28.50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry and plum followed by aromas of black currant, blueberry, vanilla, violet, bell pepper, blackberry, cocoa, licorice and hints of eucalyptus. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, black currant and blueberry. A well made wine. Sossò ages for about 18 months in barrique followed by at least 12 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Bianco Terre Alte 2002, Livio Felluga (Italy)
Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosazzo Bianco Terre Alte 2002
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Tocai Friulano (30%), Pinot Blanc (30%)
Price: € 25.00 Score:
This wine shows an intense straw yellow color and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of apple, pear and banana followed by aromas of hawthorn, litchi, butter, pineapple, almond, honey, mineral, peach, elder, grapefruit and plum. In the mouth has very good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is very persistent with long flavors of peach, plum, pear and litchi. A well made wine. The Tocai Friulano grape used for the production of this wine ferments and ages in barrique for about 10 months. Terre Alte ages in bottle for at least 12 months.
Food Match: Roasted fish, Stuffed pasta, Stewed fish, Fish and mushrooms soups, Roasted white meat



Livio Felluga - Via Risorgimento, 1 - 34071 Brazzano di Cormòns, Gorizia (Italy) - Tel. +39 481 60203 Fax. +39 481 630126 - Winemaker: Stefano Chioccioli - Established: 1956 - Production: 650.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@liviofelluga.it - WEB: www.liviofelluga.it


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