“There is something simple in a relationship between 2 people, It is a matter of passion but also of understanding. So is a man’s relationship to the land, a relationship of mutual exchange. The Earth is a living creature, has a heart that beats, slow, precise, and calls for a respect of its rythms.”
Marco Sara’s farming is completely natural, no chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides. Marco owns just 4 hectares of vines but rents an additional 3-4 ha from his neighbours and retired farmers in his village. Vine age is important to Marco, most of his vineyards are 'historical', having been planted in the early part of the 20th century. He has also planted his own vineyards in the past several years with ambitions of continuing his steady growth and preservation the traditional wines of the Colli Orientali...namely (Tocai) Friulano, Schioppettino and Refosco.
Winemaking is straightforward and natural with attention to every detail while maintaining local pride and tradition. No skin contact on the white wines, as is the tradition in the Colli Orientali...if you want orange wine go about 2 hrs west to the Collio. The white wines are direct pressed with a very gentle, slow pneumatic press before natural fermentation and aging in stainless steel on the lees until bottling during the Spring following harvest.
The red wines are de-stemmed, basket pressed and naturally fermented in stainless steel before aging in old barrels (5-15 years), generally 500 liter tonneux and bottling after 1 year.
The grapes come from vineyards Schioppettino Riu Falcon and Bellazoia, in the Povoletto hills. In the cellar using indigenous yeasts and very minimal added sulphites, Marco stays in line with the idea that the skill of the winemaker is to allow nature and the terroir express itself, intervening as little as possible. Clean and lively, this Schioppettino is the soul of the splendid terroir of the eastern hills of Friuli.
The Ribolla "Erre Yellow" is a white wine, young and light, crisp and fresh, fermented and aged in steel. The nose is fruity and floral, with notes of fresh aromatic herbs. The taste is soft and pleasant, clean, high drinkability.