Stanko Radikon has passed away
The leader of the orange wine movement is no more. The death of Stanko Radikon, after a long illness, was announced the 11th September, by his son Saša, who had been working alongside him in the family wine business for some time. It is a loss that has been felt all over the world: together with Gravner, the name of Stanko Radikon forms part of Italian winemaking history, as a visionary innovator of “natural” wine.
Radikon and orange wines: a radical vision
Stanko Radikon, real name Stanislao, started his experimental work in the vineyard and cellar at the end of the 1970s, in the Gorizia area, the part of Friuli that borders with Slovenia. “Few bunches per plant picked by hand and only on reaching optimal ripening. Here is the essential quality, the information that the skin contains and that the long maceration gathers”: this started that production philosophy that led him to create his most famous white wines, (Ribolla gialla, Friulano, Chardonnay, etc.) from extreme maceration, which put him among the greats of “natural” and orange wines. His son Saša Radikon will no doubt add a new chapter in the future.