Overview of the Wine
For 46 years, the family-run Ronchi di Chialla has made superb wines from indigenous grapes such as Refosco, Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo, and Picolit. The Ronchi di Cialla estate is strictly a family business. While Dina and Paolo Rapuzzi, who founded it in 1970, were attracted by wine growing as a way of living, their children Pierpaolo and Ivan, belong to a generation that “grew up with vines”. Both, in fact, obtained a degree in Food Sciences and are agrarian experts; they firmly support the Ronchi di Cialla policy and immemorial wine making tradition in Friuli. This family has thus become an uncommon heir of ancient traditions in one hand and modern scientific knowledge in the other, making this small family business unique.
Ronchi di Cialla was one of the first winemakers to adopt integrated agriculture, with low environmental impact. As a matter of fact, all vineyards are planted with grass adopting natural methods; parasite control (both fungi and arthropods) is kept to its minimum degree by using highly transitory contact or biological products only, in order to get top quality grapes, which are totally free of chemical residues. Fungi is controlled by a computerized micro-climatic central unit, while bugs are monitored by means of specific female pheromones traps. All agronomic operations are handled the owners with the cooperation of the well-known agronomist Pierpaolo Sirch.
As the result of a limited yield imposed by cru Cialla rules, the grape harvest is rigorously carried out by hand, and selectively harvested at the right time and with the maximum amount of care to obtain a qualitatively perfect product. Vinification is carried out naturally in line with the philosophy of not forcing the transformation and aging phases, which always privileges the “typicality” given to cru wine. The work carried out in the wine cellar is dealt with by the owners with the cooperation of the wine expert Roberto Cipresso.
Grape / Blend
Picolit di Cialla
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Colour: golden yellow, clear, light and bright.
Nose: rich bouquet, exceptionally elegant (with a light fragrance of acacia flowers), and scent of hive and white flowers.
Taste: sweet, strong and aristocratic, well-balanced with its acidic component, full and round, ending in a long finish.
Food: great “meditation” wine, but also excellent when served with foie gras, hot cheese and biscuits.
Product size: 750ml