White wine Uka

Ceruja 2018- Limited Edition- 12,5% vol. - UKA Winery

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Our special edition wine, Cëruja, is a unique grape variety that grows in the remote mountainous area of ​​Mat in Albania.
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Our special edition wine, Cëruja, is a unique grape variety that grows in the remote mountainous area of ​​Mat in Albania. The naturally isolated village of Cëruja protected this variety from phylloxera and today the vines are ungrafted and completely pesticide-free, growing wild and harvested by hand.

The vines are between 70 and 100 years old and each vine produces approximately 100 kg of grapes with a high concentration of sugar. The resistant skin of the berries is very rich in components that contribute to creating a wine with the highest parameters.

UKA is the sole producer of this wine and has developed exclusive winemaking techniques to bring out the uniqueness of this ancient vine and its full potential in terms of aromas and flavour. Cëruja has surprising potential to age for up to 10 years, has a pale yellow color with a tendency towards green and fruity flavors of apple, pear, citrus, strawberry, cream and vanilla, with notes of yeast and hazelnut. The taste is long-lasting and balanced in the mouth, with a multitude of aromas offering a unique tasting experience.

Cëruja pairs perfectly with fine dishes such as fois-gras, truffle cheese, oysters and caviar.

Technical specifications:

-Grapes harvested by hand on old vines climbing trees
-Harvest from ancient natural vines
-Transported to the cellar in 20 kg boxes on cold trucks
-Cryo maceration for 24 hours
-Natural precipitation on stainless steel tanks
-Controlled cold fermentation for 12-15 days
-Battonage for 1 month
-Natural rainfall for 1 year
-Filtering and bottling

About the producer
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Uka Winery is located in the center of Albania in the rural areas of the capital Tirana. It was established in 2005, founded by Flori Uka (winemaker), the first generation of the family in wine production. After 5 years of working in different wineries in Friuli/Veneto and 2 years of studying at the University of Udine and Conegliano in Enology, Flori returned to Albania to follow his dream of rediscovering Albania's wine values. Albania is rich in indigenous varieties and viticultural history. A history suppressed by the Ottomans and the dictatorship system. Today the new generation of winemakers is discovering the true values of this map unknown to the rest of the world. In Albania almost every rural family grows grapes. In several areas indigenous varieties are grown that have existed for hundreds of years. The vision of the Uka winery is to collect these grapes from different families throughout Albania to take the maximum potential of the same varieties. Following a cooperative-like system, Flori works with nearly 200 families throughout Albania who have indigenous grape varieties with an area of less than 1 hectare. Thus it is possible to search for the true potential of the terroir to express the maximum of our values in the wine. The purpose of the winery is to create a database of indigenous areas and varieties that are expressed to the fullest in our wines. We see our winery as a future wine museum where winelovers from around the world can come and taste Albania in a glass.
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