Fact Sheet

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Location: Gradisca d’Isonzo, Province of Gorizia, Friuli, Italy.

In 1982, Giovanni Bortoluzzi, an enology graduate of the highly reputed school at Conegliano Veneto, founded his winery after several years of consultancy work. “I recall my first harvest, when the children were still quite small,” says Giovanni with a smile. “There was a real sense of satisfaction in seeing that those vines, which had been cared for so painstakingly and so long, had rewarded my efforts.” As he speaks, you get the sense that the vines are part of the family. True enough, Giovanni has always maintained “the entire family should devote themselves to the winery. A quality product can only be created thanks to everyone’s combined efforts.

His wife Mireide and their three children have not disappointed him: Alessio is the sales manager, Alberto, is the vineyard manager, and Angela deals with administration and accounting. The family is supported by the work of a team of technicians and highly qualified staff whose standards are every bit as severe as the proprietors’, and the impression you get when visiting the winery is one of clockwork synergy and simultaneously, warmth and hospitality.

For Bortoluzzi the philosophy is, “Wine is not just any product: in it we find the passion, love and dedication of the people who crafted it. The more you love a wine, the easier it is to transmit your message to the consumer: sensibility is very important, as is tradition. We strive to be forward- looking in order to improve. At the same time, we never forget what history and experience have taught us. Most important of all, we focus on the quality and naturalness of the product, from vineyard to bottle: healthy grapes, and genuine wines.”

It should be noted as of the 2003 vintage, Giovanni has chosen to label his wines as Venezia Giulia IGT instead of Isonzo del Friuli DOC. In no way has the wine changed nor the vineyards from which they are sourced, rather this was a deliberate decision in protest against some of the DOC policies.