According to the family archives it was the 1930 when Daniele Venica buyed a Farmhouse in Cero, a Dolegna sub-area in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and its surrounding vineyards in order to produce wine, sold to the taverns and trattorias nearby. The winery changed hands from Daniele to his son Adelchi and then, in 1977 to his nephew Gianni, who currently runs it helped, from the beginning of 2000, from his children Giampaolo, Serena and Marta. The current vineyards extension is 40 hectares, lying in the Collio DOC area, all run according to sustainability principles such as use of photovoltaic panels to produce energy on its own. Besides, there is a maniacal attention to the development of vines, growing on lands rich in ocean originated sandstone marl, according to a careful respect to nature, Biodiversity and Ecosystem.
Ronco delle Melle vineyard is one of the oldest, included in the first plot of land purchased by the founder Davide. It had been bombed during World War I so the ancestor, in order to reassemble the soil, planted, among the rows of the vineyard, apple trees with deep roots. The grapes coming from this vineyard, manually harvested and de-stemmed, macerates for 20 hours, with controlled temperature and protected by oxigen, then they ferment in contact with yeasts for 5 months, part in big wood cask, part in steel, before being bottled.
This 2016 Intense straw yellow with greenish reflections vintage smells of elderflower, gooseberry, tomato leaf, cedar, pink grapefruit and the unavoidable touch of green pepper and flint. I know that defining a wine as mineral is not particularly correct, since the mineral nutrients the plant absorbs aren’t translated at all into taste but for one time i must use this adjective because the mouthfeel is tremendously “mineral” with with great flavor and softness and that much of acidity that is enough to make the sip balanced.
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