Radikon is an Italian winery (12 hectare estate) in Friuli, on the Slovenian border of Italy. This unique winery lies in the heartland of a region that has become synonymous with skin contact and orange wine.
Stanko Radikon lead this groundbreaking winery from 1995. He revitalised skin contact for white wine and helped pave the way for the natural wine movement. Back then, Stanko realised that the local indigenous grape, Ribolla Gialla, needed to be treated differently to other varieties. He turned to his Grandfather’s method of vinification, which involved seven days of skin maceration. Stanko continued to experiment with this technique over the years. He refined and perfected it along the way and also employed biodynamic principles at the winery.
Today's classic wines made from Ribolla and Friulano have around three months of maceration with long periods of barrel and bottle ageing. These stunning bottles are presented in 500ml and 1 litre formats with thin bottle necks and corks. Radikon believes these special bottles and corks help the ageing process in bottle.
Radikon produces wines that will age beautifully for well over 10 years, but also make a range of earlier drinking wines with a shorter skin maceration. The wines are truly fascinating, with unbelievable complexity, profound flavours yet immense freshness.
Stanko sadly passed away in 2016, but his son Saša continues in his father's tradition. Saša maintains the same high standards and attention to detail. Some would say he is making even better wine than his Father.