Natural Whites

In the hills near Gorizia, close to the Slovenian border, young winemaker Damijan Podversic left his father’s farm to resurrect several abandoned terraces of forgotten vineyards. A terrain deemed by many too steep to farm, after years of painstaking reconstruction and dense replanting Damijan now boasts ten splendidly positioned hectares of stony soil (known as “oponka” in the local dialect) which make for optimum grape-growing.

Aside from his sense of adventure and self-belief, what sets Damijan apart is his unusual white wine vinification technique. With the support of Friulan producer-neighbor Josko Gravner, Damijan set about producing white wines macerated on the skins, for which he increases maceration time with each successive vintage. Damijan’s non-interventionalist approach continues in his use of natural yeast fermentation, upright wooden fermenters, and a complete ban of stainless steel from his small winery in a rented cellar.

A blend of Chardonnay, Tocai Friulano and Malvasia Istriana, Kablja (which means “drop” in Slovenian), is a concentrated, golden-colored wine, rich in tannins and packed with fruit flavors. Damijan calls it “living wine”, a term which has become a motto for his winemaking philosophy.

The small town of Rivergaro, near Piacenza in Emilia-Romagna, is home to another “natural” white. La Stoppa‘s Ageno is a blend of Malvasia, Ortrugo and Trebbiano. Like Damijan, producer Elena Pantaleoni macerates the wine with the grape skins using only natural yeasts. Named after the estate’s previous owner, the resulting wine is intensely flavored and fragrant, rich in color and taste. Ageno is best served to cleanse the palate between courses.

Both of these unique wines are available at Vino, and on our online store.

Bianco Kaplja 2004 Damijan
$50 a bottle
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Ageno 2004 La Stoppa
$40 a bottle
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Standard case discount does not apply with these offers.
No same-day delivery.

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website.

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