2017 Movia Rebula Ribolla Gialla Wine

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2017 Movia Rebula Ribolla Gialla Wine

Originally founded in 1820, the Movia winery and estate in Brda (Slovenia) had already become one of Europe’s most famous wineries in the years that followed World War II. Its celebrity was bolstered by the fact that its wines were favorites of Marshal Tito who ruled over Slovenia and its neighbor Croatia as part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1980.

Located in the village of Ceglo in the heart of the Brda appellation, literally a stone’s throw from the Italian border, Movia is widely put the Slovenia on the map of the world’s great wine regions in the late 1990s when the interest in wines grown in former Eastern Bloc states began to flourish.

The current generation of Movia is led by winemaker Aleš Kristančič who is as renowned for his passionate embrace of organic and biodynamic farming practices as he is for his larger-than-life personality and ingenious approach to winemaking.

Today, Aleš primarily grows Rebula, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir — all without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. The Rebula and Pinot Grigio are generally bottled separately while the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are used in blended wines.

Rebula (Ribolla) enjoys a long tradition in the Slovene littoral, certain oenologists claiming this very region to be its origin. It has definitely been cultivated here since at least the 13th century. The vines have a high yield; ripe berries tend to fall off the grape clusters. The name Ribolla (in Italian) stems from "ribollire", meaning to re-boil. The Bora wind in the littoral cooled the cellars before the wine must rich in sugars was able to fully ferment, stopping fermentation, only for the wine to then "re-boil" in the spring.

Movia's ribolla has an inviting golden to amber colour, which speaks of longer skin contact. The nose is amazingly rich for Ribolla, with gooseberries and blackcurrants dominating over gentle piny and fine oaky notes. Very dry, medium bodied with touch of tannins and salty savoury character and lot of life. This is a homage to Ribolla, the oldest variety in Brda.