The Collio is a part of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the extreme northeastern border, which includes the hills north of the province of Gorizia up to the border with Slovenia. The climate is mild and temperate because the cold north wind is softened by the Julian Alps and intertwined with the sea breeze from the nearby Adriatic: this creates a very special environmental condition, a real microclimate that makes this area extremely suitable for viticulture. . The DOC Collio area with its approximately 1500 hectares of vineyards is today an international synonym for excellent wine quality. In 1868 Giulio Ettore Ritter de Zahony bought the Russiz Inferiore hill as a wedding present for his daughter Elvine. As early as 1877, the property was in the final arrangement desired by Count Theodor Karl Leopold Anton De La Tour Voivrè: a series of buildings with two main trees: on one side the courtyard with cellar and stable; On the other side the stately castle with the park, the college, the church and the spinning mill.