“THE TERRITORY IS THE CONSTANT, THE VINTAGE IS THE VARIABLE AND MAN IS THE INTERMEDIARY”
Founded in 1998 by the Greek Evangelos Paraschos, winemaker from 1979, and his family, collaborate together in producing natural wines, following the old traditional wine-making methods of the Collio and Vipava region. We have always been careful in the vinegrowing respecting the environment and the same vines. From 2003 also in the winery we don’t use any kind of chemical treatment.
THE COLLIO WINE REGION
Intertwining of climates and cultures where the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and the Balkans.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Due to its geographical position and interesting history, the region Friuli Venezia Giulia offers a variety of scenaries and a cultural melting pot that is unique in Europe. The Adriatic Sea, the beaches, the Karst cliffs around Triest, the natural reserves and lagoons in Grado and Marano. In some kilometers the scenary changes completely. You can feel it taking the road through the romantic plains of Friuli, passing by the curves on the colorful Collio hills and arrive on a snowy peak of the Alps in one hour trip.
Gastronomy and Traditions
This plot of different climates and cultures contributed to the wealth of traditions and gastronomy of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Here the Mediterranean meets Mitteleuropa and the Balcan. The former latin culture developed in the roman cities of Aquileia and Cividale (Forum Iulii), merged with Lombard, Slavic, Germanic and Ottoman too, during the Turkish invasion. Triest as the only sea port and Gorizia as holiday destination for rich merchants, both experienced a big economical development under the Habsburg empire.
Producing high quality wines exclusively with grapes.
The vineyards are always grown by the family with extreme respect for consumer’s health and the environment. There is not any use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or toxic pesticidal treatments. The rows are covered with grass and terrain is plowed only in winter if necessary. Fertilizations are made occasionally and exclusively with organic seasoned manure. We give extreme importance to the age of the vines. We use to leave them grow following their own biological rhythms, arriving to much more advanced age, spreading its roots very deeper.
Only the healthy grapes are selected and hand harvested in small cases, gradually, when they reach the right ripeness; then they are destalked and crushed lightly before being put into large open-topped vats. This procedure allows to extract the antioxidants from the grape skins. Only wild yeasts are used. After some days the must is pressed and left at less two years on the lees in big oak barrels. In the new winery, built in 2003 we have never introduced industrial yeasts. After some vintages we managed to select a strain of indigenous yeasts that every year distinguish our wines and make them unique.
When we talk about wine, we mean a wine produced with no other matter but healthy and selected grapes from an enviroment-friendly vinegrowing, respecting the natural equilibrium of vineyard and taking in consideration the climate, terrain, geographical position and age of the vines. As discovered in some technical bybliography from the 18th century, in the valleys of Vipava and Collio there was a consolidated practice in fermenting the grape must with its skins for some days in open topped vats, before pressing, to improve flavour, aroma and the lasting of wine in time.