Joško Gravner - Italy
If modern Orange winemaking has a godfather, that should be Joško Gravner. Owner of Azienda Agricola Gravner, a winery located in Oslavia, (Gorizia) in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italia. Joško is the man every conversation goes around when the topic to discuss is white wines macerated on their skins, orange wines or amber wines, as he prefers to call them.
He started making wine in the family cellar back in the 1980s but one decade later he discovered this traditional winemaking style in the Kakheti region in the Caucasus. He bought several kvevri, terracota amphorae that he has buried underground in his cellar, to a current total of 46. In them all his wine production goes under ageing for long periods.
The Gravner family owns one vineyard in Oslavia and two more across the border in Slovenia for a total of 18 hectares. The biggest part of this 18 hectares is devoted to his beloved Ribolla Gialla, the local variety that better expresses itself when it goes under skin maceration. The last vintage getting ready now is the Ribolla Gialla 2011.
Joško is a true believer in the moon cycle of life and its influence in the wines he produces. He also believes Nature takes care of the wine, so he doesn’t do anything to change or alter it. He doesn’t use chemicals or add extra yeasts, he doesn’t control the temperature of the wine while the fermentation takes place and he doesn’t filter, fine or clarify the wine.
Amber wines at it best.