When I first met Marco Sara I felt an immediate connection. Then we lost touch for a couple years but I always remembered his quite tone and deep rooted passion for wine -- and of course his inspirational wines. We were destined to meet again and work together as we do now.
They say that the wines a producer makes can tell a lot about who makes them. That they are a reflection of each other. The wine is like the producer and the producer is like the wine...a unique alchemy that forms when a farmer spends his or her life in the fields, cellar or on the wine route selling their product...this could not be more true than with Marco Sara's wines. They are quite, subtle, elegant and soft-spoken, you have to truly listen to them when you drink them or their secrets won't be revealed. Unlike so many things in the wine world these days, Marco's wines don't have any tricks up their sleeves or gimmicks to grab your attention. No, these wines rely on a listening to the silence and enjoying their intriguing simplicity.
As for the usual technical stuff, here you go:
Marco is a third generation winemaker, having taken over from his father some 15 years ago. Marco and his wife Sandra live among their vineyards, which are scattered around their village of Povoletto in the Colli Orientali of Friuli.
Farming is completely natural; no chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides. Marco owns just 4 hectares of vines but rents an additional 3-4 ha from his neighbors and retired farmers in his village. Vine age is important to Marco, most of his vineyards are 'historical', having been planted in the early part of the 20th century. He has also planted his own vineyards in the past several years with ambitions of continuing his steady growth and preservation the traditional wines of the Colli Orientali...namely (Tocai) Friulano, Schioppettino and Refosco.
Winemaking is straightforward and natural with attention to every detail while maintaining local pride and tradition. No skin contact on the white wines, as is the tradition in the Colli Orientali...if you want orange wine go about 2 hrs east to the Collio. The white wines are direct pressed with a very gentle, slow pneumatic press before natural fermentation and aging in stainless steel on the lees until bottling during the Spring following harvest.
The red wines are destemmed, basket pressed and naturally fermented in stainless steel before aging in old barrels (5-15 years), generally 500 liter tonneux and bottling after 1 year.
I cannot emphasize how special Marco's wines are. They embody simplicity and subtlety while being firecly tied to their land and the person making them. They are true 'terroir' wines and deserve your attention, so seek them out and drink them up!
Wines we work with from Marco Sara:
Refosco (el Re)
Cabernet Franc (Frank)