Ronco delle Cime Friulano and Ronco delle Mele Sauvignon are the two Cru wines of Venica&Venica’s winery and they both represent the project “Spirit of the place”.
The name “Ronco delle Cime” derives from the same vineyard where its Friulano’s grapes come from. This wine wants to tell the story of a borderland with people and memories related to family’s values and to the region’s traditions.
It was born in 1999 from Gianni and Giorgio’s desire to dedicate a real Cru wine to a very special piece of land, ideal for the coltivation of Tocai friulano’s grapes. In 1974 the first vines were planted, but some morphological remodelings were carried out in 2005.
Our Ronco delle Cime, Friulano Collio Doc 2018 received several awards this year too. The critics rewarded our Cru wine as an excellence, because it obtained the best scores from the 7 main Italian wine guides.
For further information: “Civiltà del bere” n. 1/2020
During summer the fresh wind from the North called “borin” blows between the rows of Cime’s hill and it looks like it’s whispering to the lush Friulano vines, gently touching and cuddling the grapes as to protect them from the strong heat.
Cime’s hill is our highest vineyard, with an average altitude of 200 m above sea level. It is also fascinating its North-west orientation with a view of Mount “Matajur”, Mount “Nero” and the “Canin” glacier. Other no less important features: the exposure to the fresh breeze from the mountains, the pronounced changing in temperature between day and night and the typical subsoil of Collio consisting of sandstone marls.
These are the characteristics of “Ronco delle Cime”, a very special vineyard ideal for the coltivation of Tocai friulano ’s grapes, so meaningful to give the name to one of the top wines of Venica&Venica’s winery from Dolegna del Collio.
The history of Tocai friulano is quite complex and at many points it gets very close to that of the Hungarian Tokaji, helping to create some confusion.
Nevertheless, neither the two grapes nor the two wines realized from them have something in common.
In fact, our Friulano has its origins from beyond the Alps and in particular it is related to Sauvignonasse. After its arrival from France, the vine has subsequently evolved, adapting itself to the soil and climate of the region, till the Friulian people gave it its current identity and made it a symbol of the territory and local culture.
In 2008 the European Community, after coming to an agreement between Italy and Hungary, banned the use of the word “Tocai” for the Friulian wine, as it was considered too similar to the Hungarian “Tokaji“. The last harvest of Tocai in Friuli was therefore that of 2007: since then the wine obtained from these grapes is called “Friulano“, to underline its strong connection with the territory.
These Friulano DOC Collio grapes come from a vineyard which is oriented and exposed to North-west at an average height of 200 m above sea level. It is a white berry grape belonging to the autochthonous vines typical of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The grapes were hand picked and de-stemmed on September 16th 2019.
The must was then left on the skins for 18 to 24 hours at a temperature of 11°-12°C in tanks especially designed to protect it from oxygen by using recycled carbon dioxide from the ﬁrst fermentation, in order to avoid high levels of antioxidants. Subsequently, 40% of the must fermented and aged on the lees for six months in 20hl and 27hl oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel vats.
The wine was then assembled and bottled during full moons between March and June 2020.
Half bottle at 37.5 cl | 75 cl Wine bottle | 1.5 l Magnum | Large size Bottles [hand painted] 3 l – 5 l
Intense sunny yellow with golden nuances.
The bouquet is wide and varied: from the fruity notes of pear, apple, white peach and banana, to herbs and wildflowers, wisteria, rose, to hydrocarbons and to the uniqueness of toasted almond.
When tasted, this wine has the right flavor, a vibrant freshness, great texture and perfect balance. Highly structured, full-bodied, warming and harmonious. Splendid drinkability, the sip is smooth and graceful, with a long almondy persistence unique of this grape variety.
Ideal as aperitif, especially with raw ham, but with appetizers in general.
It can perfectly match with seafood and shellfish, especially with shrimps, but its full-body also allows it to be paired with important baked white meat dishes. In general it goes well with a lot of dishes.
It is wonderful with a risotto with fresh porcini mushrooms
over 10 years
The images take you to the highest vineyard of the Venica & Venica Winery, among the wonderful hills of the Collio in the far north-east of Italy, with the Julian Prealps in the background. To relive with us the moments of the “Friulano” (ex-Tocai) grape harvest in the vineyard until its arrival in our cellar…