Boatina Estate winery is located in the village of Cormòns, small pearl with Hapsburg roots in the province of Gorizia, nearby the Italian-Slovenian border.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a small region of 7000 Kmq, located in the far North-Eastern corner, bordering Austria (North) and Slovenia (East). With a population of 1,2 mln, nature becomes the main hint.
“A tiny compendium of the universe’”
Ippolito Nievo, a local writer, called Friuli-Venezia Giulia ‘’a tiny compendium of the universe’’ as it includes a wide range of different landscapes which keep astonishing hosts and visitors.
Wine-wise, Friuli-Venezia Giulia represents 3% of the total Italia wine production, partitioned in almost 9000 wineries having an average size of 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres); the most noble and best known viticultural area neighbors the border with Slovenia.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s mild climate, due to the close Adriatic sea, is perfect for the viticulture; a wide night/day temperature variation,
caused by a Russian Northerly wind called BORA, brings to higher aromatic concentration and better balanced acidity in wines: simply ELEGANCE.
This consistent ventilation is perfect to avoid any illness in the vineyards, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
In the Boreal hemisphere, 45th parallel represents the ideal latitude to grow vines:
Friuli-Venezia Giulia lies on 46th parallel, considered outstanding for white wines production.
FRIULI D.O.C. ISONZO – THE SOIL
Friuli D.O.C. Isonzo is a mainly flat land which lies between the Isonzo and Judrio rivers: it’s a plateau which gently slopes from Collio and Carso hills towards Adriatic sea.
In Tertiary Stage, Friuli-Venezia Giulia was mostly covered by sea; water coming from glaciers’ melting dug Isonzo river’s valley during Quartian Stage, bringing debris and small stones and designing the current valley’s profile.
Land is composed by layers of stones (almos seven meters), clay and red soil which has been brought from the neighboring Carso by several floods, throughout the centuries. Red soil brings to the wines minerality, freshness and sapidity, as clay gives structure.
Friuli D.O.C. Isonzo has been one of the first areas understanding the importance of this: a naturally Mediterranean climate
A slow vine growth have been joined by a reduced yield per plant, down to 6-to-9 tons; this combination allowed the production of worldwide enjoyed wines.