CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
RUSSIZ SUPERIORE
CAPRIVA DEL FRIULI, COLLIO, ITALY

Located in Capriva del Friuli, in the heart of Collio. Russiz Superiore's name comes from its position that rises above the surrounding hills. A property of Marco Felluga,  since the 60's, Russiz's history is rich with names, dates and anecdotes that blur in the mist of time, but take up a fairly distinct profile from as early as 1273 onwards, when Raimondo della Torre, Patriarch of Friuli, settled in these lands and whose descendents were its first owners. Over the course of time, various noble families succeeded one another, but the main element, which has always stood out and characterized the name is the wine. 

At present time, the estate extends over 100 hectares, of which fifty are planted to vineyards. The attention is on intensely flavored, small production wines that maximize the intensity of the grapes as well as highlighting local identity of the Collio and the very special area of Capriva.

COUNTRY Italy
REGION Fruili-Venezia Giulia
APPELLATION(S) Collio DOC
PROPRIETORS Marco & Roberto Felluga
FOUNDED 1967
WINEMAKER Alessandro Sandrin
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 15,000 cs
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Sustainable

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 ideal for its indige- nous grape varieties, and so impermeable that rainwater flows off its surface, producing little erosion and preventing standing water. A mild climate, proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and mountains that results 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 and minimize impact. 

The estate is comprised of 250 acres of land of which 125 are vineyards with a planting density of 2,425 plants per acre. The Russiz hills provide the ideal environment for both red and white grape production due to their geomorphology, special climate and soil composition of marl and sandstone. 

"The estate lies in a superb growing area and has always been the cutting edge of Marco Felluga’s group, especially for the white wines." - Gambero Rosso, 2003