Back in 1997, Yunmani Bergamasco, the current “maestro” of the cellar, took over the OBIZ agricultural estate. 18 years old and a tractor: ‘Some trips start because there is a road to follow, a ride, and a destination. I only had a tractor, and a dream, so I figured that to get to my destination I had to stay exactly where I belonged’. This is how Obiz started. Since then, Yunmani began a process of business reorganisation, in order to improve the quality of production, investing in the restructuring of vineyards, in cellar technologies and in the purchase of French oak barrels for the ageing of the wine.
The lands of OBIZ are part of a small village, known in the past as Lòbiz or Lobìs then renamed Borgo Gortani. The cultivation of vines in the village has a long tradition as pointed out by the hundreds of wine amphorae of the first century B.C. found in the area.
Nowadays Obiz consists of approximately 40 hectares of vineyards, located near the winery and in the surrounding areas; the vines are mainly grown according to the Guyot method which favours ventilation and excellent exposure of the grapes. Obiz grows both native and international grape varieties like Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Cabernet Franc, Refosco and few others. They are used to produce both young and fresh wines and more complex blends. The vineyards benefit of favourable environmental conditions due to the proximity of the Adriatic Sea, the protective barrier of the Julian Prealps and a good ventilation throughout all the time of the year.