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Friuli-Venezia Giulia


In 2011 Craig took a wine trip with his father. They landed in Munich and drove through Austria visiting many great producers.  After finishing the Austrian portion of the trip, they drove through Slovenia and into Italy, to a small, relatively unknown region called Carso. On the agenda, a visit to its the region’s most well-known producer, Edi Kante.   Prior to their arrival, and upon the suggestion of Kante’s importer, they booked a room at a nearby B&B.  At the end of their stay, they were discussing the trip with its proprietors, who informed them that they too made wine. Craig and his father went down into their traditional, rustic cellar and tasted through a range of white wines that were very impressive.

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Over the next couple years, Craig would occasionally think back upon that tasting, and how good the wines were. On his trip to Italy a few years later, he made it a point to reach out to that producer and ask if he could come back and taste again.

That small family estate is called Lupinc, and its young, talented winemaker Matej Lupinc, is the current generation and proprietor of a cellar that dates back to 1913.

The appellation of Carso D.O.C. (Karst) is located in the broader region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.  The Lupinc family resides in the village of Prepotto, about a 25 minute drive from Trieste.

Carso is a unique appellation.  To plant vineyards, dynamite is often used to break into the hard limestone/clay soil.  It is a luminous region, offering great warmth, but with its proximity to the sea, there are plenty of cool breezes.  It is often so windy that producers will shield the vines with the most resistant and strongest vine, Vitovska.

Lupinc works with the classic native varieties of Carso – Vitovska, Malvasia Istriana, and Terrano. In 1970, they were one of the first to estate bottle. This is a very hands on winery with, owner and winemaker, Matej Lupinc taking on the majority of the work in both the vineyard and the winery.  In total, average production is around 20,000 bottles per year.

These wines like oxygen, and while you certainly can open a bottle, pour a glass and enjoy, we’ve noticed incredible changes with aeration.  So while decanting a white wine may seem strange to you, we certainly encourage it if you have time.

These are truly brilliant wines and incredible values.  If you have never heard of them that is because we are the first to work with the wines in the United States.  They are must try wines.


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