Arbe Garbe

California / USA

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Enrico Bertoz

Varieties

Malvasia Bianca, Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Charbono

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Arbe Garbe is Friulian for the “bad weeds” which are often used as cover crops.

Their Story

“We focus on the production of few singular wines whose character is necessarily influenced by our native land...” — Letizia and Enrico Bertoz, Owner and Winemaker of Arbe Garbe

Born and raised in Friuli, these high school sweethearts lived eight minutes away from each other. At the age of 24, Enrico moved to Los Angeles and a month later Letizia followed. He found himself working two harvests in Ventura at Sine Qua Non as he paid close attention to Krankl’s unconventional winemaking.

It was in 2005 that Letizia and Enrico got married, moved up to Napa Valley and continued their wine careers. Unable to shake their love of Friulian viticulture, Enrico went on a search for his native grape varieties. Originally searching for Pinot Grigio and Malvasia, he found just what he was looking for in the Russian River Valley on Saralee’s Vineyard. In 2007, Saralee supplied Enrico with enough fruit to make their first vintage. Through the use of partial dehydration, skin fermentation and responsible use of new and used oak, Enrico is known in our family as the Magician. What he touches turns to gold and his wines continue to get better and better.

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We are proud to say that Letizia Pauletto and Enrico Bertoz's wines are no strangers to South Carolina.

“We focus on the production of few singular wines whose character is necessarily influenced by our native land. Arbe Garbe is Friulian for the “bad weeds” which are often used as cover crops. Friuli… a region that like the arbe garbe has been there silently growing over the centuries, a border land that quietly and discretely provided fertile ground for the Roman Empire, the Barbarians, the Huns and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, all of which invaded it and settled there throughout the centuries, all planting their roots and melting into the blend.

A land of migrants, silent crossroad of cultures where sacred and pagan have been living next door to each other, the people timorously gathering in the village churches while the witches were gathering in the woods. Friuli hides in the Valleys of the Eastern Hills. Its real essence, like its quiet population, is concealed in the arcane valleys carved by the rivers of the Colli Orientali: Natisone and Torre. These valleys are traditionally populated with peculiar wicked creatures that human are not, while the wine has been free flowing on every table of each household in every village, to our day.

Our endeavours are inspired by this history of descretion and endurance, by the dignity and modesty typical of our people, Furlans, hard-working and iron-willed as ever, humble yet proud of the cultural opulence and poignant beauty of this longtime forgotten Land.  Working the land, making wine and baking bread were the everyday tasks of our ancestors.

“Working the land, making wine and baking bread were the everyday tasks of our ancestors.” — Letizia and Enrico, Owner and Winemaker of Arbe Garbe

Through crafting these wines we viscerally reconnect to our roots. The choice of grape varietals from vintage to vintage is in part a surprise and the variables of winemaking are determined as vintage calls, through diligent study, keen observation and raw guts. All that we have experienced and envisioned during our past wanderings, we express in every step of the process that brings these wines to life. With a purely hedonistic approach, we create ever-changing blends that embrace the melting pot we live in – California, and the one we’ve left behind.”

A le Salût – Letizia and Enrico Bertoz

Interview with Enrico Maria Bertoz, Owner and Winemaker of Arbe Garbe

Where were you born and raised? Friuli (little towns of San Giovanni al Natisone for me and Pavia di Udine for the other guy). If you could briefly describe your approach in the vineyard what would it be? Usually by car. What excites you most about your vineyards? They are close. If you could say one thing to the sommeliers who are introducing people to your wines for the first time, what would it be? Hello. What is your favorite type of music? 70s rock bands, classic blues, Dylan’s ”Bring It All Back Home” is the soundtrack for the current Vintage. If you could have any superhero power, what would you choose? Put the kids to bed in 0.2 seconds. Visit Arbe Garbe Website