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WineNews: A story of resistance to hardship

WineNews: Venica & Venica, 90 years to celebrate by looking back on a history that smacks of resistance to difficulties.


The winery, the pearl of Collio, founded in 1930, “when grandfather Daniele’s debt doubled due to deflation. But holding on was the trump card”.


WineNews | 06.04.2020: ‘The debt that our grandfather Daniele Venica contracted then, to found the winery, doubled due to deflation. Holding on, then, as now, was the trump card. Despite the initial very serious difficulties, the company prospered’. These are the words of Gianni Venica, at the helm, with his brother Giorgio, of the Venica & Venica winery, the pearl of Collio Goriziano and Friuli Venezia Giulia wine, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in this year 2020. A story, in its own way, of resistance to adversity, which it is easy, albeit in totally different circumstances, to parallel in the midst of the Covid emergency, hoping that this story, beautiful as so many are in the world of Italian wine, may be of inspiration and comfort.

The winery (today’s main building) was purchased by the founder, Daniele Venica, who made it known throughout the region. A story born, just as it is today, in the difficult years between the two wars: in 1930 the historical and social situation was not the most serene with the strong world economic depression. For the 90th anniversary celebration, with the third generation at the helm, therefore, everything is only postponed: “when we get over the current emergency, we will make a big toast not only for our 90 years but also for Italy, looking at the rebirth,” they explain in the company, where today 24 people work, including 7 family members, for a production of 300,000 bottles a year.

And which, in the meantime, celebrates in its own way, with its Sauvignon Blanc Ronco del Cerò Collio 2017, included among the 15 wines to drink to alleviate quarantine, according to ‘Forbes’ (which, for Italy, has also selected Fattoria Moretto’s Lambrusco Monovitigno 2015, Tiberio’s Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2017, G.D. Vajra’s Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Clare J.C.’, and Arianna Occhipinti’s Il Frappato 2017).


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