The Bressan’s is a complicated story, made of love for something the collective imagination calls values... The family symbolizes the first rock upon which the history and ancient traditions of the Bressan household rests; a solid source of serenity and security, of rare and gratifying human contact.
The centuries-old spirit of the family lies there, where the slopes of the Collio Region fade gently and open up on the Isonzo River Valley, in a slice of land protected to the north by the Alps and open to the south to the hot winds of the Adriatic Sea; where a rare mixture of natural elements (geographic, geological and climatic ) have created a unique and inimitable “terroir”.
The Julian Alps create a natural barrier against the cold winds of the north, while the adjacent Isonzo River, which lets out into the nearby Adriatic Sea (18km), opens up a passage for the hot southern winds; from that same sea which has always benefited from the Gulf Stream.
Extreme climatic conditions, and more specifically the coldest periods, are thusly mitigated.
This particularity of moderating winter and spring temperatures permits early development of the entire growing cycle by several days with respect to vineyards that are farther from the river, thus granting us grapes with excellent levels of maturation.
The Bressan vineyards are located on a wide, gravelly “highland”, which rises to about 18-20 metres above the lower and damper land called “Lower Friuli”.
The origin of this plateau lies with the “Great Glacier” which, until twenty thousand years ago, descended from the Alps.
n addition to functioning as a moderator of heat and cold, the Isonzo River has shaped the features of the lands adjacent to its course through its flooding and shifts.
The grapevines have usually been able to find in this poor gravel terrain, an ideal habitat that has forced them to send their roots towards the deepest strata, in the difficult search for necessary vital nutrients which have always been in scarce supply, and which has produced the complexity and special nature of their wines.
Thanks to the beneficial influence of the nearby Adriatic Sea, the district at Farra d’Isonzo enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, made up of those capricious aspects which have always distinguished it:
springtimes usually divided into two parts, the first rather cold and damp, and the second milder and often rainy.
warm summers that are usually humid until the beginning of July, when they become hot and much drier.
the beginning of autumn, from September 10 to October 20, which is often warm with a shining sun, permitting us to harvest the grapes in favourable conditions.
A YEAR IN THE BRESSAN VINEYARDS...a history of ancient rites and daily passion...
NOVEMBER-MARCH: Pruning is performed in which one branch only is left (the single “Guyot” pruning system) with an average of 4/5 buds.