about this subregion

Nestled in the northeastern part of Italy, the Carso DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of nature and viticulture. This wine region, characterized by its karstic limestone terrain, provides a unique environment for grape cultivation. The rocky soils, combined with the region's unique climate, offer an ideal setting for producing wines with distinct mineral characteristics and vivid flavor profiles.

Among the red grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon have earned their prominence, each contributing structured, full-bodied wines to the region's portfolio. Merlot lends its velvety softness, while Refosco offers notes of wild berries and spices. Terrano stands out with its bright acidity and red fruit flavors, making it a local favorite.

On the white side, the Carso DOC showcases a wide array of international and indigenous varieties. Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, with their crispness, find a home here, alongside the aromatic notes of Gewürztraminer. Glera, often associated with Prosecco, brings its delicate bubbles to the mix. Malvasia adds a touch of florality, while Sauvignon Blanc introduces sharp, herbaceous elements. Lastly, the native Vitovska stands proudly with its mineral and citrus nuances, ensuring that the region maintains its unique identity amidst its global counterparts.

In essence, Carso DOC paints a vibrant mosaic of grape varieties, each finding its unique expression in the embrace of this singular environment.


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Discover Terroir

The Carso DOC, located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region, begins on the Adriatic coast, west of Slovenia, and ends south of Trieste and Gorizia. It covers the municipality of Doberdò del Lago and parts of Monfalcone, Ronchi dei Legionari, Fogliano-Redipuglia, Sagrado and Savogna.

This region has two types of climate:

On the one hand, in the higher lands, the temperatures are extremely cold, and the winters are very harsh due to the influence of the Bora wind.

On the other hand, the Mediterranean climate predominates on the slopes, thanks to the maritime influence.

The Carso DOC has a very particular soil known as karstic. This type of soil is stony and has little topsoil. However, the producers produce good quality wines, despite the small area devoted to growing wine.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Refosco, Terrano

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Glera, Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Vitovska

In the captivating landscape of the Carso DOC wine region, a quartet of wines beckons you to embark on a journey of taste and terroir: Chardonnay, Bianco Riserva, Rosso, and Rosso Riserva.

Chardonnay, a global icon, takes on a distinctive Carso character. Comprising a minimum of 85% Chardonnay grapes, harmoniously united with other authorized non-aromatic white varieties, it embodies the elegance of the region. This white wine dances on the palate with a delicate balance of fruit and minerality, a symphony of flavors that captures the essence of the land. It's a tribute to both tradition and innovation.

Bianco Riserva, a testament to patience and artistry, unfolds with a blend of a minimum of 85% Malvasia, Sauvignon Blanc, or Vitovska, accompanied by other authorized non-aromatic white grapes. Aged for a minimum of 20 months, it emerges as a wine of depth and complexity. Each sip reveals layers of flavor, a melange of aromas that speak of the land's character and the craftsmanship that elevates it.

Rosso, a red wine of character, is composed of a minimum of 70% Terrano grapes, complemented by other authorized red varieties. With a minimum aging of approximately 4-5 months, it presents a balanced profile of red fruit flavors and a distinctive earthy undertone, capturing the essence of the Carso terroir.

Rounding out the quartet is Rosso Riserva, an embodiment of time and dedication. Crafted from a minimum of 70% Terrano and other authorized red grapes, it undergoes a meticulous aging process of 24 months, including 12 months in barrel and 5 months in bottle. This wine evolves into a symphony of flavors, where the aromas of the land intertwine with notes of oak, inviting contemplation with every sip.

In the Carso DOC, Chardonnay, Bianco Riserva, Rosso, and Rosso Riserva offer a glimpse into the region's winemaking excellence. They encapsulate the spirit of the land, the grape varieties, and the hands that guide their transformation into liquid art. Each bottle is an invitation to explore the distinctive character and timeless allure of the Carso terroir.