CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
MARCO FELLUGA
GRADISCA D’ISONZO, COLLIO, ITALY

The Marco Felluga family estate is a pioneer in regional quality and innovation. This winegrowing dynasty started at the end of the 1800s in Istria, when the current Marco Felluga’s grandfather, also named Marco, tapped the terrain’s potential for indigenous grape varieties. In 1920 Marco’s son Giovanni moved the business to Grado, near Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli. After training at Conegliano’s prestigious Enological School, Giovanni’s son Marco continued Felluga’s innovation and emphasis on quality and research.  

In the 1950s Marco founded Marco Felluga in Gradisca d'Isonzo, a fortified citadel of the Venetian Republic in the 1300s. Preserving the family's winemaking heritage while embracing modern technology, he has made his wineries a reference point for the DOC Collio area. Recently he led the Collio DOC Consortium. Today Marco’s son Roberto heads both the family’s Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore wineries. Marco Felluga controls over 250 acres of vineyards, most of which are family owned and operated, within Collio, the most important DOC area, ideal for white grape varietals. Most of the production is dedicated to white wines, including Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the red grapes cultivated.

"Many of the best Pinot Biancos in northern Italy come from Friuli. Often one of finest is Marco Felluga’s..."  - Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible
COUNTRY Italy
REGION Fruili-Venezia Giulia
APPELLATION(S) Collio DOC
PROPRIETORS Marco & Roberto Felluga
FOUNDED 1950
WINEMAKER Alessandro Sandrin
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 50,000 cs
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Sustainable

Marco Felluga controls over 250 acres of vineyards, most of which are family owned and operated, within Collio, the most important DOC area, ideal for white grape varietals. Most of the production is dedicated to white wines, including Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the red grapes cultivated. Collio’s hilly terrain, formed during the Eocene period and composed of layers of sandstone and loam rock (limestone and clay) that were once ocean floor, is perfect for its indigenous grape varieties, and so impermeable that rainwater flows off its surface, producing little erosion. 

A mild climate and proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and mountains resulting in dramatic differences between day and night temperatures, and mineral-rich but poor soils, are ideal for growing grapes that produce complex, well-structured, age-worthy wines. Marco Felluga employs integrated pest management in the vineyards, working with nature to protect the environment. 

White wines are filtered before fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. A percentage of white and red wines are refined in wooden casks. Winemaking employs the latest technologies, exploring experimentation while respecting tradition.

"Great Italian White Wine From Friuli"
Forbes
- Nick Passmore, 2015-06-29