The grapes to produce the Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC “Raiante” Conti Formentini are collected from the end of September to the start of October, slightly overripe, to obtain the maximum concentration from the fruit right away. Some them (about 35%) are laid to rest in a fruit shed while the remainder begins the vinification process. After about one month, a technique similar to the Tuscan “governo” is applied; the dried bunches are added to the partly fermented must after removal of the stalks. When a certain alcoholic strength has been reached, new wine is added in several stages, wine which itself ferments. The purpose of all this is to increase the wine’s body and complexity.
The name Raiante comes from the Friuli dialect “raiade” meaning “ray of sunshine”, underlining just how vital the sun’s heat is to help this simple grape ripen and enhance the personality of this wine.
The venerable Casa Vinicola Conti Formentini was founded between the Isonzo and Judrio rivers, on the Slovenian border. For years the splendid San Floriano castle has featured as the icon of this winery, a producer of elegant wines designed for demanding consumers. The Conti Formentini winery has successfully woven together all the human, climate and environmental factors crucial to the creation of exceptional wines. The whites are well structured, rich and aromatic; the reds are harmonious, with great character. Situated amid the gentle rolling Friuli hills, Collio is excellent vineyard country and produces superb wines.The soil here has a unique marly sandstone structure and combined with the cool, breezy climate works to boost the aromatic profile of the grapes, making wines with great personality. This type of soil is poor in sustenance but rich in microelements and thanks to its structure and mineral content the vine is properly nourished as it grows and is better equipped to withstand dry periods. The quality of the grapes also depends on the fact that Collio vineyards have always been small plots, tended with love and care by the owners, as if they were the vegetable gardens of their own homes.