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“Gravner's Ribolla Gialla is an orange wine of undoubted personality, a monument of Collio, specifically of the locality called Oslavia. A wine above all classifications, beyond all conventions and pre-established schemes. It all starts from the natural forces of the place, where the skilled craftsman Josko Gravner works. An environment where the plant is in balance with nature and animals and insects enhance the vitality of the soil, cultivated according to an agricultural approach that aims at the search for biodiversity and natural balance.
Ribolla Gialla grapes come from cultivation that goes above and beyond organic and biodynamic dictates. The duration of maceration in contact with the skins is prolonged and allows the amount of sulfur dioxide to be drastically limited. The wine, after being pressed and racked, rests 5 months again in amphora and then ages 6 years in large oak barrels. The long sojourn is intended to elevate the wine toward full maturity, achieved only with the experience accumulated by aging the wine for a long period. It is a wine that does not remain still, but continues to evolve; it is living, pure matter that takes time!”
Josko Gravner Friuli, Italy Josko Gravner has been heralded as one of the greatest and most influential winemakers in Friuli and beyond. In his relentless pursuit of perfection, Gravner pioneered stainless steel fermentation and temperature control technology, then experimented with barrique fermentation producing wines that were quickly celebrated and imitated, before eschewing technology and chemicals to pursue strictly natural winemaking. Currently, the Gravner wines are fermented and aged in underground Georgian clay amphorae. Clay amphorae are believed by many to be the first tanks ever to hold wine-historians have used documents from Georgia (formerly in the USSR) to verify that winemakers have used this ancient practice for more than 4,000 years. Gravner has long been a champion of Ribolla, the oldest grape variety of Friuli and he has chosen to dedicate his production exclusively to the variety going forward. Josko Gravner is an iconoclast, ever-evolving, and embracing of a “new-old” approach. His passion for perfection through experimentation changed Gravner’s pholisophy. he was among the first to combine bio-dynamic winemaking with a more traditional, nonintrusive style in this white wine epicenter. Gravner is a proponent of the use of open-top wood vats and extended maceration on the grape skins, while he eschews added yeasts, sulphur dioxide, and temperature control-in short, he supports purely natural winemaking. Gravner employs both amphorae and large oak barrels to make his three wines: Collio "Breg," Ribolla Gialla, and "Rosso Gravner." The grapes for these wines come from his 18 hectares of vineyards in Gorizia (Oslavia) that straddle the Italian-Slovenian border. It is here that he exercises his current approach to wine. Gravner avers, "I am convinced that wine is a product of Nature, not of Man, whose role therefore is to accompany its maturation process while avoiding any artificial intervention." Every bottle of Gravner’s wines is a testament to the pure beauty of that philosophy.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm