Vitovska is the only varietal that Paolo Vodopivec works with. He works organically and occasionally biodynamically on his six hectares of vineyards where he employs dense plantings of up to 10,000 plants per hectare and never irrigates.
Vodopivec has found, over time, that Vitovska’s capacity for mineral expression can be obscured through an abundance of tannin yet with a gentleness that allows them to speak with shocking clarity. Yes, all the wines are skin-macerated, but these are adamantly not “orange wines.” Paolo, an early disciple of Gravner, employs skin contact because it best expresses the limestone into which his Vitvoska plumbs, and because it better allows him to work without the manipulations of temperature control, outside yeasts, sulfur, and filtration, which he finds abhorrent. Vodopivec is also a devotee of the buried amphora as an ideal vessel for fermenting his cherished Vitovska. There is no stainless steel in Paolo’s cellar, no high-tech pneumatic press, and no method of manipulating temperature. There is nothing on earth quite like the wines of Paolo Vodopivec.