The Story of Altùris Winery – in the Friuli Borderlands
At the far North East of Italy, close to Venice and at short walk from Cividale del Friuli at the border with Austria and Slovenia, Altùris vines benefit from a unique microclimate. The Julian Alps protect them from the cold winds of North, while the breezes from Adriatic Sea smooth and mitigate the climate, offering the vineyards exceptional conditions to produce truly grand quality wines.
The beautiful hills of Friuli in their mother tongue are called “Altùris”: a geometry of reliefs engraved by vineyards. Exactly the place where Marco and Massimo Zorzettig, heirs of a historical family which has been a symbol of solid entrepreneurship in the wine world for three generations, founded Altùris. The winery is devoted to the creation of unique wines, that celebrate all scents and aromas of the native grapes from this territory.
The vinification cellar is the heart of Altùris, the safe of our Wines. They wanted it to be made in a hollow, at the base of the heights: in this high-tech structure of top design, the grapes are converged. The production is set for 70 percent to whites and 30 percent to reds.
The history of Perlage Winery
The story of Perlage was born in 1985, when the 7 Nardi brothers, encouraged by their father Tiziano and mother Afra, decided to embark on a journey of discovery in converting to organic agriculture. The company started with the Riva Moretta vineyard in the heart of the Prosecco DOCG area.
Today Perlage is recognized worldwide as one of the first Italian Organic Sparkling Wineries, where the Nardi family continues to produce the finest Prosecco Valdobbiadene using both tradition and innovation.
The Perlage brand is synonymous with elegant and good quality organic wines, with good business practices and the passion of its people. It’s as respectful of its origins as it is of its future, following a path created by people, stories, the interweaving of vines and lives, buds and mature fruits, discoveries and rediscoveries, research and creativity. It’s the harmony of these elements that Perlage recreates in its organic prosecco wines, balancing the colour of purity, the aroma of tradition and the flavour of quality.
To feel closer, as if you were our guests here in the winery, join us on this virtual tour.
We will make a stop in the vineyard with Ivo Nardi, our Administrator. Then, we will visit the winery to discover the new technologies that support us in the production of our organic wines. To end with a toast, a glass of good wine rigorously organic!
Château la Coste, Aix-en-Provence
Château la Coste is located in Provence approximately 25 minutes by car from Aix en Provence, in the provencal village of Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade in the middle of an exceptional 500-acre biodynamic vineyard. Very exclusive and chic, Chateau La Coste combines all the elements of the perfect French Art de Vivre: a unique artistic experience for the visitors in the quest of calm, luxury and sensuousness. Chateau La Coste is an unbelievable atypical art estate in a protected environment.
The uber exclusive A-List Celebrity frequented Villa La Coste is located high on the hill on the back of the domain—a unique heaven of peace and art composed of 28 villas suites.
The Domaine and Resort Hotel & Spa are owned by Irish (Belfast born) international hotelier, property investor and businessman Paddy McKillen, who also owns three of the finest hotels in the world – Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley. Paddy McKillen is also long time friend of U2’s Bono, who famously posted a super-selfie from Villa La Coste on his Instagram account, featuring A-List friends such as Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher, as well as Madonna’s Manager Guy Oseary.
Adhering to biodynamic principles, Château la Coste strives to preserve the terroir, protecting its fertility, safeguarding the essence of the soil. The alchemy of blending lives on in a state of the art ‘cuverie’ designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated with the grape harvest of 2008. This latest technology ensures the natural expression of the wine and brings new life to a long tradition.
In 2009 the wines were given the French organic label “AB” in recognition of the respect shown to the land along with the methods used which are in perfect harmony with nature.
THE WINE MAKING CHAI
Since 2008, the two vast contemporary buildings conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel have welcomed the grape harvest and housed the machinery and technical elements necessary for the ageing process of the wine as well as the bottling plant. Their spherical form and position in the vineyard recall the greenhouses and agricultural warehouses of old that can still be seen in farms across the southern regions of France.
Each building is 10 meters high and is made of corrugated aluminium. One, smaller in volume and open on one side, shelters the reception of the fruit, the manual sorting and three large grape pressers. The larger building, whose front facade is veiled by a series of sun-visors, opens its door to reveal the bottling plant and the stock of bottled wine. Seventeen meters below ground is found the vast, state of the art chamber containing the vats.
The central role of gravity along with other technological innovations enable a production of wine that is loyal to the specifics of the La Coste terroir. This exceptional work plays a major role in the architectural project of Château La Coste.
The wines include the perfect Provencal Rosé which is the Biodymanic Rosé d’Une Nuit There is also an exquisite Champenoise Sparkling Rosé LA BULLE de La Coste Extra Brut Champenoise BIO made from 40 year old vines. Their red Le Rouge 2016 BIO is a big, chunky fireside red blend of typival grapes from the region – Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. The white wine Le Blanc 2018 BIO is a stunning bland of Viognier, Grenache and Chardonnay.