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“VINUM | Venica & Venica: Terroir Wines of Collio

 

 

“VINUM | Unique Wineries of the World

March 2021 | Article published in German in the Swiss Magazine of Wine Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venica & Venica:
Terroir Wines of Collio



The Venica & Venica winery celebrated its 90th anniversary in Dolegna del Collio, Friuli, in 2020: the Venica family is now in its third generation, the fourth is on the starting blocks.

Gianni and Giorgio Venica look after 40 hectares of vineyards in the unique hills of Collio in the north-east of Italy – planted with the most important grape varieties of the area: from the white Tocai Friulano (the basis of Collio DOC Friulano) to Sauvignon and from Pinot Bianco to red varieties: the members of the Venica family are down-to-earth winegrowers who, despite constant research and further development, value tradition and work to ensure its preservation.
The vineyards are located on the typical Ronchi, the hills of Collio, characterised by a wide variety of microclimates. All they have in common is the subsoil, which is often dominated by ‘Ponka’: it is made up of layers of marl and sandstone; the sometimes rocky layers degrade slightly under the influence of atmospheric influences, creating coarse elements that lead initially to a granular soil and later to a very fine soil. This creates an ideal substrate for viticulture that gives the wines minerality and intense taste nuances.

 

 

Ornella Venica, Head of External Relations: ‘We want to understand and bring out the properties of the many microclimates in our vineyards in order to be able to optimally utilise the specific properties of each individual grape variety.
The estate’s flagship wines perfectly express this philosophy: ‘Ronco delle Cime’ Friulano and ‘Ronco delle Mele’ Sauvignon. Ronco delle Cime is a vineyard planted to Tocai Friulano in a north-west position. The grapes are harvested in mid-September and left on the lees for six months (part in large wood, part in steel) to express the special character of this indigenous grape variety and of the place.

Giorgio & Gianni Venica gathered around the stone celebrating the company’s founding date: 6 February 1930.

 

 

 

The ‘Ronco delle Mele’, on the other hand, is a precise interpretation of a Friulian Sauvignon voted by critics as the best Italian white wine in 2001: the grapes grow at about 150 metres above sea level and are harvested at the beginning of September. The wine matures for five months, partly in large wood and mainly in steel, which adds to its finesse.

Ornella Venica is also particularly interested in ‘Tàlis’, a single-varietal Pinot Bianco: the variety has been at home in Friuli for over 150 years. The wine’s name derives from the Friulian word for dandelion and is symbolic of this wine that is ‘elegant both on the nose and in the mouth, a wine that is told a little at a time, like the elegance of the bearing of European women that you appreciate gradually.’ (Ornella Venica). Here too, the grapes are harvested in mid-September, and 40 per cent of the wine remains in large wooden barrels for five months.

‘Sustainability serves above all to preserve the biodiversity of our land’.

Ornella Venica

 

“Each of our wines is an expression of its own unique terroir,” says Ornella Venica. To ensure that this goes straight into the bottle, Venica & Venica has decided to pay special attention to the interaction between people and the environment. Ornella Venica: “This goes beyond organic and biodynamic certification and is a holistic transformation of the entire production process towards sustainability and respect for the environment – in every area and with the involvement of our entire team. The WineResort with its six rooms and two flats has long been part of this sustainable concept.

To document this process, Venica & Venica’s first sustainability report was presented in February 2019: Rome-based The ConsumerLab included the report in its Index Future Respect 2019, as one of the 40 most representative of the more than 800 classified reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three top wines

 

 

 

 

“Ronco delle Cime” Friulano DOC Collio 2019

Inviting apple blossom, aromatic herbs, fine even almondy, spicy; fresh yet powerful in the mouth, the acidity sustains, the finish with fusion and length. One of the longest-lived interpretations of the Tocai Friulano grape variety. Excellent with hors d’oeuvres and seafood.

 

 


“Ronco delle Mele” Sauvignon DOC Collio 2019

Complex bouquet of mint, citrus, even herbs and sage; juicy base, supported by classy acidity, notes of mint and peach on the finish. It pairs perfectly with lake fish, white meat or vegetable soups.

 

 

 

 

“Talis” Pinot Bianco DOC Collio 2019

An elegant interpretation of a Pinot Bianco from Collio: scents of lime blossom, camomile, citrus fruits, fresh apples; crisp and at the same time creamy in the mouth, the acidity well integrated, the finish mineral-fruity. Recommended with fish starters, tortellini in broth and poultry.

Facts:

Venica & Venica
Localita ‘Cero’, 8,
I-34070 Dolegna del Collio
Tel. + 39 0481 61 264

Internet:   www.venica.it
Facebook:   Venica&Venica
Instagram:  @venica.venica

Anno di fondazione:  1930
Proprietari:  Fam. Venica
Enologi:  Gianni e Giorgio Venica
Ettari vitati:  40

Importatore in Svizzera:
www.caratello.ch   info@caratello.ch

 

 

L’articolo “VINUM” | Venica & Venica: Vini di Terroir del Collio proviene da Venica & Venica.

Awards for Venica in 2020

In the year 2020, Venica & Venica also received numerous awards from the most important wine guides in the world. For us, 2020 was of particular importance, a year where on the one hand we were able to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company’s foundation. But it was also a year that will go down in history for all of us because of the enormous difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Receiving these awards at such a historic moment repays us for the sacrifices we dedicate our whole lives to this work and the love we put into producing wines.

 

 

 

Here are some of the awards Venica & Venica has received in 2020 :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VINIBUONI D’ITALIA

by the Italian Touring Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETRIS – MALVASIA – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded again this year by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021 edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous grape varieties.

It was awarded the CORONA, the guide’s highest accolade for wines of excellence. It also received 4 STARS.
The photo is a souvenir of the 2019 harvest while the grapes of our MALVASIA were picked by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RONCO DELLE CIME – FRIULANO – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded 4 Stars by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021, edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous or old-growth vines in Italy.

In the photo in the foreground, some bunches of Friulano grapes in the RONCO DELLE CIME vineyard just before being harvested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADELCHI – RIBOLLA GIALLA – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded 4 Stars by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021, edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous or old-growth vines in Italy.

In the photo in the foreground some bunches of Ribolla Gialla grapes just before being harvested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCTOR WINE by Daniele Cernilli

Essential Guide to the Wines of Italy 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Venica & Venica also received numerous awards in the year 2020 from the most important wine guides in the world. For us, 2020 was of particular importance, a year in which on the one hand we were able to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company’s foundation. But it was also a year that will go down in history for all of us because of the enormous difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Receiving these awards at such a historic moment repays us for the sacrifices we dedicate our whole lives to this work and the love we put into producing wines.

 

Here are some of the awards Venica & Venica has received in 2020 :

 

 

VINIBUONI D’ITALIA

by the Italian Touring Club

 

 

 

PETRIS – MALVASIA – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded again this year by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021 edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous grape varieties.

It was awarded the CORONA, the guide’s highest accolade for wines of excellence. It also received 4 STARS.
The photo is a souvenir of the 2019 harvest while the grapes of our MALVASIA were harvested by hand.

VINIBUONI D'ITALIA 2021 Venica & Venica | Riconoscimento Malvasia

RONCO DELLE CIME – FRIULANO – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded 4 Stars by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021 edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous or old-growth vines in Italy.

In the photo in the foreground some bunches of Friulano grapes in the RONCO DELLE CIME vineyard just before being harvested.

VINIBUONI D'ITALIA 2021 Venica & Venica | Riconoscimento Ronco delle Cime

L’ADELCHI – RIBOLLA GIALLA – DOC Collio 2019

Awarded 4 Stars by the Guida Vinibuoni d’Italia 2021, edited by the Italian Touring Club and dedicated only to wines from indigenous or old-growth vines in Italy.

Pictured in the foreground are some bunches of Ribolla Gialla grapes just before being harvested.

VINIBUONI D'ITALIA 2021 Venica & Venica | Riconoscimento Ribolla Gialla

DOCTOR WINE by Daniele Cernilli

Essential Guide to the Wines of Italy 2021

 

 

 

RONCO DELLE MELE – SAUVIGNON – DOC Collio 2019

BEST WINE IN ITALY 2021
from Sauvignon grapes

 

Special prize for RONCO DELLE MELE – SAUVIGNON – 2019 as “BEST ITALIAN WINE from Sauvignon grapes” from the Essential Guide to the Wines of Italy 2021 edited by DoctorWine by Daniele Cernilli.
It was also awarded the “FACCINO DoctorWine” with a score of 97/100.

Doctor Wine 2021 | Miglior Sauvignon Italia RONCO DELLE MELE Sauvignon 2019 DOC Collio | VENICA & VENICA _Photo ©Carola Nitsch
WOW – The italian competition 2021

Civiltà del Bere

RONCO DELLE CIME – FRIULANO – DOC Collio 2019

RONCO DELLE MELE – SAUVIGNON – DOC Collio 2019

BEST COLLIO DOC 2021

 

Our RONCO DELLE MELE – SAUVIGNON DOC Collio 2019 obtained another extraordinary result by winning the “BEST COLLIO DOC” award at the third edition of the Civiltà del bere wine competition “Wow – the Italian Wine Competition”.

It also obtained the GOLD MEDAL together with our RONCO DELLE CIME – FRIULANO DOC Collio 2019.

In the photo Giorgio and Gianni Venica with their award-winning wines.

 

Here is the Judges’ evaluation:

 

RONCO DELLE MELE, Collio Sauvignon Doc 2019

🍇 Sauvignon blanc 100%
👉🏻 Typical bouquet of grapefruit and sage, with a mineral/smoky touch
👉🏻 Excellent concentration on the palate, with a liquorice finish, precise closure, good persistence, with a dense and characteristic mineral touch

RONCO DELLE CIME, Collio Friulano Doc 2019

🍇 Friulano 100%
👉🏻 Brilliant straw colour.
👉🏻 Medium intensity bouquet with typical notes of almond, slightly toasted, interesting complexity Great body, maturity and density of fruit, good freshness and persistence. Excellent Tocai in an evening version.

Ronco delle Mele e Ronco delle Cime, i due vini Cru della Venica & Venica
SLOW WINE 2021

Guida al Vino italiano

TALIS – PINOT BIANCO – DOC Collio 2019

It was awarded the ‘TOP VINO’ (excellent wine from an organoleptic point of view) by the SLOW FOOD Guide SLOW WINE 2021.
In addition, our company was awarded the ‘BOTTIGLIA’ prize for the excellent quality of all the bottles presented.

Guida SLOW WINE 2021 Venica & Venica | Riconoscimento Pinot Bianco
Guida ai Vini d’Italia ‘viTae’

Associazione Italiana Sommelier

RONCO DELLE CIME – FRIULANO – DOC Collio 2019

RONCO DELLE MELE – SAUVIGNON – DOC Collio 2019

RONCO DELLE MELE, Sauvignon 2019 and RONCO DELLE CIME, Friulano 2019 DOC Collio have been awarded the highest number of QUATTRO VITI by the Italian Sommelier Association in the 7th edition of the “Guida ai Vini d’Italia VITAE”.

Guida viTae 2021 Venica & Venica | Riconoscimento Ronco delle Mele e Ronco delle Cime

WINE RECIPES among ‘the women of wine

On the occasion of ‘Women’s Day
WINE RECIPES – Synergy and the pleasure of sharing between ‘the women of wine’

 

Winemaker : Ornella Venica of Venica & Venica

Restaurateur : Adriana Rizzotti – “Al Ponte di Gradisca d’Isonzo” Restaurant

Sommelier & journalist: Patrizia Pittia

 

 

 

Recipe:
Pumpkin and Fasolari gnocchi

 

WINE/VITIGNO IN PAIRING WITH THE RECIPE: Malvasia Istriana

 

 

 

Name of wine: Malvasia ‘Petris’ DOC Collio

Name of winery: Venica & Venica

REASONS FOR PAIRING:

Malvasia Istriana, a white grape of Greek origin, was brought to Italy by the Venetians during the Serenissima period via Dalmatia and Istria. In Friuli Venezia Giulia it has found its natural habitat, in Collio the sandstone marls give it aromaticity, freshness, flavour and minerality.

A complex wine that finds the right combination: the sweet tendency of the pumpkin gnocchi and the sea flavour of the fasolari meet the freshness and savouriness of the malvasia for a perfect closure of cleanliness and aromaticity.

HISTORY AND ANECDOTES OF THE RECIPE ‘PUMPKIN AND FASOLARI GNOCCHI

Pumpkin gnocchi is a classic dish in Friulian trattorias and homes, especially in autumn when it is found in abundance.

Fasolari are delicious molluscs with very soft flesh and a strong salt content. They are found in the Upper Adriatic area. Their habitat is the seabed, and their aesthetically pleasing shell in various shades of orange makes them suitable for refined and impressive dishes.

 

Recipe difficulty: fairly easy

Time required: 90 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Doses for 4 people

1 Kg. pumpkin – 2 egg yolks – pinch of salt – 100 gr. flour – nutmeg – 1 kg. fasolari – one garlic clove – parsley – Evoà oil

 

DESCRIPTION:

Steam the pumpkin, after cooling and draining it add the egg yolks, salt, flour and nutmeg. Cook the gnocchi in lightly salted water and when cooked, drain and cool. Chop the fasolari and pan-fry them with half a clove of garlic, add a tablespoon of cooking water, add the gnocchi and a sprinkling of parsley.

 


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