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The San Floriano village, with its 276 meters above sea level, is the highest peak of the hill area over the city of Gorizia, cut in two parts by the border between Italy and Slovenia, called Collio (or Brda on the Slovene side). Its geographical position is an extremely rare and vital example of microclimate, with cold winds from Russia coming down through the Vipava and Isonzo valleys, and, on the other side, wet and hot winds gently blowing from the Mediterranean Sea. On the back, as a solid shoulder, the protection of the Alps. This climatic and geographic factors together with the mineral-rich soil of hard sands and softer silt called Ponka by the locals, form an especially good place for wine-growing, formerly discovered by ancient Romans.
When we talk about natural wine, we mean a wine produced with no other matter but healthy and selected grapes from an enviroment-friendly vinegrowing, respecting the natural equilibrium of vineyard and taking in consideration the climate, terrain, geographical position and age of the vines.
As discovered in some technical bybliography from the 18th century, in the valleys of Vipava and Collio there was a consolidated practice in fermenting the grape must with its skins for some days in open topped vats, before pressing, to improve flavour, aroma and the lasting of wine in time.
Due to its geographical position and interesting history, the region Friuli Venezia Giulia offers a variety of scenaries and a cultural melting pot that is unique in Europe.
The Adriatic Sea, the beaches, the Karst cliffs around Triest, the natural reserves and lagoons in Grado and Marano. In some kilometers the scenary changes completely. You can feel it taking the road through the romantic plains of Friuli, passing by the curves on the colorful Collio hills and arrive on a snowy peak of the Alps in one hour trip.
This plot of different climates and cultures contributed to the wealth of traditions and gastronomy of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Here the Mediterranean meets Mitteleuropa and the Balcan. The former latin culture developed in the roman cities of Aquileia and Cividale (Forum Iulii), merged with Lombard, Slavic, Germanic and Ottoman too, during the Turkish invasion.
Triest as the only sea port and Gorizia as holiday destination for rich merchants, both experienced a big economical development under the Habsburg empire.
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