On February 6th 1930 Daniele Venica signed the first purchase contract of a country house located in Cerò, a village in the municipality of Dolegna del Collio, thus becoming the progenitor of the Venica family and founder of the homonymous company.
At that time, the estate consisted of 10 hectares including a rural house, a stable, vineyards, fruit trees and surrounding lands. Therefore, Sauvignon “Ronco del Cerò” is a particularly important wine for Dolegna’s winemakers, as it is evocative of the origins of the winery and historically related to the four generations of the family.
Sauvignon blanc is one of the most worldwide well known “international” vines, loved by the Friulians as an autochthonous. A timeless, delicate, noble, elegant classic. Arrived from Bordeaux, in Italy Sauvignon found its ideal environment on the sandstone marl of Collio’s hills. Actually, during the years it has successfully adapted to the variability of soil and climate which is now a real expression of its character. It adapted so well to be considered today in Friuli an indigenous grape variety.
The vineyards of this Sauvignon are all located in Cerò within the DOC Collio, on hills and valley bottoms surrounding the winery.
The orientation, exposure and altitude of the vineyards are different and this results in various harvesting times of the grapes.
This Sauvignon comes from a DOC Collio vineyard. This white grape variety comes from France and it’s part of the very well-known “international” grapes.
The grapes were hand picked and de-stemmed between August 30th and September 19th 2019.
The 20 days difference in the maturation times of the vineyards is remarkable and it’s due to the vines’ age, exposure and altitude.
The must was then left on the skins for about 18/20 hours at a temperature of 10°-12° C in tanks especially designed to protect it from oxygen by using recycled carbon dioxide from the first fermentation, in order to avoid using high levels of antioxidants. Subsequently, 10% of the must fermented and aged on the lees for 6 months in 20-27 hl barrels and the remaining part in stainless steel vats.
The wine was then blended and bottled during full moons between March and July 2020.
Half bottle at 37,5 cl | 75 cl bottle | 1,5 l Magnum
Light straw yellow with greenish reflections.
The different exposures of the vineyards, facing North, South or South-east, confer a broad olfactory spectrum. The latter ranges from evident notes of tropical fruit (mango, papaya, passion fruit), due to the South-orientation and therefore to the long afternoon sunrays, to the more delicate classic vegetal notes of cold climates’ Sauvignon (tomato leaf, elderberry, gooseberry, pepper). In fact the grapes of “Ronco del Cerò” come from vineyards which are exposed also to the South. This implies more fruity and warm notes than the much more vegetable olfactory panorama of “Ronco delle Mele”. Yellow peach, grapefruit and a brackish vein are also present.
Taste of lively freshness, dry and savory but also soft and velvety. Consistent with the olfactory notes in the fruity reminiscence, balanced, with long mineral persistence.
Appetizers, in particular ham, delicate vegetable creams and soups, asparagus, fish sauces with tomato sauce. Ideal with sushi and fish carpaccio, also in exotic version, served with tropical fruit.
over 10 years
The most important US economics magazine FORBES declared our SAUVIGNON RONCO DEL CERO’ among the 15 best wines to pass the isolation period! For us a reason for great pride and encouragement in a period of great difficulty for everyone!