Grapes: Pinot Grigio
Region: Venezia Giulia, Italy
Viticulture: Organic + Biodynamic
Soils: Clay + Marlstone
Vinification: A month on the skins in truncated cone shaped oak vats
Aging: 23 months in slavonian oak barrels
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: In 1968, Stefano Novello’s father decided to follow his passion for the land and nature and restore the ancient vineyards of the counts of Rieppi. The old house became part home, part winery as he began carving out the terraces that would become the centerpiece of the domaine. Stefano, who had not intended to follow in his fathers footsteps, became interested in winemaking and proceeded to get his enology degree in 1988. After traveling and working abroad, he came back to the family winery.
With care and attention to the vines, winery, environment, and generations to come, the domaine uses no chemical products in the vineyards and embraces a non-interventionalist style of winemaking that allows the free expression of the grapes and the soil. All the wines are macerated on their skins for extended periods of time, giving increased complexity, silky texture, and body. They are unfiltered and unfined in the hope of keeping their flavors intact at bottling. Stefano Novello produces wines that can be enjoyed now and for many years to come.