Stony soils on the alluvial flatlands around Pordenone, in Western Friuli, make for well-drained vineyards that keep the vines strong and healthy, even in the wettest years. The father and son team of Iginio and Rino Russolo keep the yields low, further boosting the quality of the wines they make and concentrating varietal character.
The Pinot Grigio is a tremendous example of low yielding vines and careful fermentation: minerally, saline and with a distinct herbaceous note remniscent of sage. The Refosco is spicy and clean without the rustic characteristics that are common in lesser examples of this wine. We have since introduced the Massarac Merlot and the Ribolla Gialla, two delicate and well-defined versions of these grape varieties.
Russolo are committed to offering "Environmentally responsible production". This involves; the use of organic fertilizers as apposed to chemical, a limited use of sulphur, lightened glass bottles (reducing the weight of transport and therefore pollution levels). They have been constantly striving to be more energy efficient; they have replaced the classic neon lights with LED tubes, they are using LED projectors instead of halogen floodlights. These are a few among many changes they are making in order to achieve an environmentally responsible production.