Vodopivec

Supplier/Importer: Domaine Select

Region: Friuli-Venezia GiuliaItaly

Appellation: Friuli-Venezia Giulia

 

 

Paolo Vodopivec has earned an enviable international reputation for his distinctive expressions of Vitovska, a variety produced by only a handful of producers in the rugged Carso area of Friuli. Vodopivec’s great-grandfather cultivated a few hectares of vineyards, and produced a small amount of wine. Paolo, while in his early twenties, decided to pursue a dream of producing wine on a larger scale, and produced 1000 bottles from the 1997 vintage. With the 1998 vintage, he employed whole-berry fermentation, prolonged maceration and bottled the wine unfiltered. He then chose to dedicate Vodopivec's production exclusively to Vitovska, replanted the vineyards in albarello, drastically increased density and reduced yields to miniscule levels. No pesticides or chemicals are used, instead bird houses have been constructed among the vines, allowing only a certain type of bird to nest and control insects and parasites depending on their location. Beginning with the 2005 vintage, an increasing portion of the production was produced in amphorae.