‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’.
An image, a shot that seems to eternalise these beautiful words of Navajo: the hands of a mother entrusting a bunch of grapes to those of her daughter. A precious gift, because in that bunch, in its small and compact grains, is enshrined a nectar that smells of passion and family dedication, of tradition in the care of the vines, of wine, but also of a profound form of love for one’s own territory that translates into attention to the preservation and protection of the environment. Life giving life.
That cluster is an inflorescence of Pinot Bianco ripened in berries that have now become the symbol and voice of a great and noble mission: to preserve and tell the story of Collio. Because here we are again, in this small and characteristic slice of Friuli where the Pinot Bianco Network in Collio, seven historic families from the world of wine, is walking hand in hand to narrate the precious uniqueness of its homeland. And those are the hands of Ornella and Serena Venica.
Mentre Giorgio accudisce la cantina, donando alle uve i giusti ingredienti per trasformarle in vini pregiati, e mentre Gianni (direttore d’orchestra a coordinare i ruoli di tutti i componenti della famiglia per una perfetta sinfonia d’intenti e risultati) accarezza col sorriso le viti, per far crescere meglio i suoi grappoli, Ornella è l’anima dell’accoglienza e della comunicazione. Una vera musa del racconto, con la voglia e l’impegno di portare al mondo l’emozione di generazioni di vite trascorse tra le viti, di donare agli altri la bellezza di cui il Collio sa riempire i cuori.
Venica and the Pinot Bianco Network in Collio.
A mission and vocation, that of introducing the world to a peculiar territory such as Collio, which could not fail to merge and combine with the project of that network desired by Marco Felluga: the Rete del Pinot Bianco nel Collio.
And it is precisely to one of the network’s stories that this journey of discovery of the Venica family is intertwined. For while the Pinot Bianco harvest was transformed into a messenger film of the values and mission of the seven families, Ornella gave Serena a bunch of grapes.
A bunch of Pinot Bianco that opens that door to the future in the winery and makes Serena look out to welcome us, guardian of the family history, leading us by the hand towards a generational transition that walks, once again, on the path of vines and identity.
The fourth generation as told by Serena Venica.
If Venica&Venica are the two brothers Gianni and Giorgio, the fourth generation sees and will see their five children as protagonists. Marta is already following in the footsteps of cellar master and agronomist Giorgio; Giampaolo, Gianni’s son, has been in charge of communication and development in the USA and the rest of the world for years; and then there is Serena, at management control and events support Italy and Switzerland.
Serena did not manage to throw that bunch of Pinot Blanc into a harvest basket, as everyone told her to do. She gently placed it, under the proud gaze of her father and mother, in a red bucket next to other bunches of grapes.
‘Throwing the grapes away seemed to me like throwing something away,’ she recounts, ‘I wanted to lay the bunch down, to give it the proper attention, to give that grape the love it deserves. Pinot Bianco is a grape variety that my mother always told me about with such passion and it has entered me. But in truth it is the same for all grape varieties and for everything that is part of being a winegrower. I am the fourth generation and I feel responsible: the grape, being a winegrower, is not a game, it is our family, it is our history’.
Strong values those that this delicately posed bunch expresses, while in a heartfelt and deep smile Serena dissolves words of loving pride: ‘Alongside the sense of responsibility there is also a strong pride. Every day I feel that I am in the right place, doing what I love to do. I think I am very lucky and I love this land!’.
A Collio that Serena describes as unexpected (‘whoever comes here for the first time is astounded!’), multifaceted (‘everyone here finds their own identity linked to the corner of Collio where they live and so no producer is the same as another, because Collio has many souls, every corner has unique and peculiar characteristics’) and uncontaminated (‘it is an almost virgin territory, here tourism is very delicate and respectful and what people take away is the sense of identity of those who have always lived here’).
And it is storytelling that returns as the protagonist, because
“Mum tells many stories and she taught me that in our work it is fundamental. They are the stories of ours and of the other families who have lived here for generations. They are the stories that allow people to get to know and appreciate our territory, because the winemaking families hand down the stories through their wines… I have always heard the story of our family and today it is natural for me to do so in my turn, also and above all when I have one of our wines tasted’.
But here comes out, alongside the narrative soul of his mother, also the creative soul of dad Gianni.
After all, sometimes children are a perfect blend of their parents’ characters and know how to embrace the best. So, when we ask Serena to accompany us to sip a glass of Pinot Bianco, she describes it as a woman with very long legs, shapely but refined, delicate; a wine with a feminine expression that would have as a worthy and perfect spouse a thin glass with an elongated stem… And to envelop wine and glass infinite perfumed shades of green, the many tones of the territory in which Pinot Bianco matures, grows and is transformed.
In short, elegance and personality in a wine that gives Serena the opportunity to give voice, again and again, to the hard core of the Venica family history: love for Collio. A love that has become a philosophy of life and is allowing, once again, a harmonious generational transition.
Wednesday 30 June saw the writing of an important chapter in the history of Collio. During the press conference, held at the Pascolo winery in Ruttars, Marco Felluga, the great wine patriarch and promoter of this project, presented the ‘Pinot Bianco Enterprise Network’.
This association brings together seven of the area’s historic and important wineries in a project that aims to promote Pinot Bianco in Collio by identifying the optimal ‘sites’ in each winery. Like a family, in which everyone supports each other, so too these wineries – Castello di Spessa, Livon, Pascolo, Russiz Superiore, Schioppetto, Toros and Venica&Venica – have chosen to unite their intentions and stand up to protect their land.
PINOT BIANCO IN COLLIO – SYMBOL OF A PRODUCTION OF EXCELLENCE
For more than 150 years, this grape variety has found a permanent home in Collio, enhancing its identity and becoming the symbol of a production of excellence in a region known the world over for its white wines. This terroir, vocated for the production of long-lived and structured wines, allows the Pinot Bianco grape to exalt its intrinsic specificities in an elegant manner.
It is a grape variety that requires a great deal of care in agronomic management, but the effort is repaid by the notes of extreme elegance contained in the glass. A wine for sharing, an intimate wine that, with its finesse, conquers and unites people, creating new bonds.
TALÍS – THE PINOT BIANCO OF VENICA & VENICA
Taking up the words of Liliana Savioli, in her article ‘Seven Companies for Pinot Bianco. Rete d’impresa nel Collio’, << Venica&Venica’s Talís with its verticality and length takes us to a mountain meadow below the three peaks of Lavaredo>>. In fact, the word Talís in Friulano indicates the dandelion plant whose flower colours our wild meadows with yellow buttons. It is a straw-yellow wine that, on the nose, exhibits splendid and persistent notes of chamomile, cornflower blossom and rennet apple; this elegance typical of the grape variety is also reflected on the palate with a decisive, lively yet gentle sip.
As we raise a glass of Talís, let us toast together to this wonderful project.
Ornella Venica: «Le condizioni climatiche hanno contribuito a un’ottima maturazione, premessa per un vino di qualità. L’acidità delle uve a bacca bianca simile a quella degli anni Novanta, quando le temperature erano inferiori. Nella famiglia dei Pinot, produzione in calo dell’8-10 per cento».
Condizioni climatiche ottimali hanno contribuito a una vendemmia 2020 di ottima qualità, premessa per un vino di altrettanto pregio: le piogge regolari hanno impedito alle viti di subire stress idrico, la buona escursione termica ha calibrato perfettamente carica aromatica e acidità, rendendo le uve di quest’anno molto simili a quelle degli anni Novanta, quando la gradazione era leggermente inferiore a quella delle ultime stagioni, accentuata dall’innalzamento delle temperature.
Venica&Venica, la storica Cantina di Dolegna del Collio, racconta così la sua 90esima vendemmia, praticata in un anno in cui il Covid-19 ha messo in crisi molti aspetti della vita socio-economica ma non è riuscito a piegare la natura, che sta “regalando” raccolti da mettere in memoria.
Waiting for the red grapes to be picked between the last days of September and the beginning of October.
This year’s white grape harvest began on 25 August and ended on 18 September. A period in which the Venica&Venica family and their collaborators entered the vineyard every day to seize the best moment in which to cut the fruit of the vine strictly by hand, because this allows a precise and immediate control of the health of the grapes. “If climatic conditions are important, it is equally crucial to be able to identify the right ripening curve of the grapes,” says Ornella Venica, listing the fundamental actions that lead to a wine of excellence.
There are 40 hectares that the winery has been cultivating for 90 years in the northernmost area of Collio, where this year’s production of Pinot was slightly lower than previous vintages, as was also the case in the rest of Italy. “There was a lower production of about 8-10%,” the winemaker confirms, “which is an advantage for the quality of the grapes harvested.
From the vineyards of Dolegna to the glamorous event: “La Vendemmia in Via Montenapoleone”.
2020 – Venica & Venica’s Vendemmia del 90°: From the grape harvest in the vineyards to the glamorous event in the centre of a city like Milan, for Venica&Venica the step is short. From 8 to 10 October, the historic winery will be the protagonist in the Pinko space of the ‘Vendemmia in via Montenapoleone’. The now traditional appointment is promoted by MonteNapoleone District, in collaboration with the Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, to unite the production of Italian excellence, distinguished by luxury brands and the most prestigious wineries of Made in Italy.
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Venica & Venica: “La Vendemmia in Via Montenapoleone”.
We have started with our 90th grape harvest. In the Venica & Venica vineyards, located in the renowned Collio DOC wine area in the far north-east of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, the 2020 Harvest began. The grape varieties that inaugurated the harvest by hand were again this year Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon.
The quality of the grapes is perfect and we are ready for another excellent vintage!
In the pictures you can see some moments of the Harvest 2020 in our grape variety in Ruttars: Pinot Grigio.
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Dolegna del Collio | April 2020
We hope you are all well!
At Venica we are all well, working at full pace in the vineyard: nature around us goes on with its regular cycle.
These are unusual days, but in the cellar we are operational and our doors remain virtually open for you.
In fact, we have recently finished bottling the latest vintage and, in the hope of doing something pleasing, we would like to inform you that we are active with home wine deliveries to keep you company during this difficult time and to remember the good times spent together here with us!
The 2019 vintage, by the way, gave us excellent wines: full-bodied, structured, with a nice mineral vein, fresh and with a good aromatic imprint. These characteristics were the result of a mild winter, followed by an unusually cool and rainy May, which delayed the flowering of the grapes. In a very hot summer, providential thunderstorms at the end of July rebalanced the water ratio of the vines, allowing us to harvest healthy, perfectly ripe grapes in September.
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Harvest 2019 continues with the FRIULANO harvest in our RONCO DELLE CIME vineyard. The images take you to the highest vineyard of Venica & Venica: among the wonderful hills of Collio with the Julian Prealps in the background.
In the video, truly unique moments of the Friulano grape harvest!
The footage allows you to accompany us during the various phases of the grape harvest. You will see the teams as they work in the vineyard, the harvesting of the grapes by hand, and the difficult manoeuvres of the tractors carrying the grape carts out of the vineyard. Then you will discover with us the entire journey of the ‘Friulano’ (ex-Tocai) grapes, from the harvest to its arrival in our winery!
with Gianni Venica, Giorgio Venica, Serena Venica, Marta Venica, Ivica Cencic, Massimo Schianchi, Gianluca Florian
Tastings and visits to our historic wine cellar continue during the grape harvest!
So we look forward to seeing you at this beautiful time of year … and why not … perhaps you will happen to be with us at the right time to experience together the arrival in the cellar of the freshly harvested grapes.
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The 2019 Sauvignon Harvest brings us great satisfaction and joy for the quality of the grapes harvested, achieved thanks to the excellent weather conditions and our constant hard work in the vineyard! But not only this, the Harvest also brings us wonderful images, which we also enjoy this year for the first time.
Impressions during the Harvest of SAUVIGNON that were recorded from above, in one of the most important and representative vineyards of the Venica & Venica winery: RONCO DELLE MELE.
In the video you can admire the beautiful location of this vineyard. In the background you can see the Julian Alps and the glacier of Monte Canin. Its north-west exposure and special microclimate enable the production of Sauvignon grapes of the highest quality.
The grapes are harvested strictly by hand, as in all our vineyards. During transport to the cellar, we protect the grapes from excessive sun exposure by means of shade cloths.
The video also captures the arrival of the grapes at our winery, where they are destemmed and crushed. The process from harvesting to the grapes entering the press takes place in the shortest possible time.
The long-awaited Harvest 2019 has begun! This start is the 89th in our family history!
We wanted to commemorate this moment with a very special photo. Our whole family on three of our tractors, which in the past have marked the history of agricultural vehicles: the Porsche Tractors with 1, 2 and 3 cylinders.
Porsche tractors are the vintage tractors par excellence, developed and built between the 1940s and 1950s, with air-cooled engines. They were state-of-the-art machines for the time, ahead of other manufacturers, who were still producing ‘hot-head’ and petrol tractors at that time.
We experienced some really exciting moments at the start of Harvest 2019! It was the first time that these three tractor models were brought together for an official occasion, and this event took place right on our farm. For Gianni and Giorgio Venica it was naturally a moment of particular joy, given their great passion for vintage machines and tractors.
As every year on this occasion, the harvest began with our Pinot Grigio grapes, followed by Sauvignon from Ronco delle Mele.
Two generations of the Venica family
Here is who was there during this start of Vendemmia 2019, which saw the entire third and fourth generations of the Venica family reunited:
Gianni Venica, Giorgio Venica, Giampaolo Venica, Ornella Venica, Serena Venica, Marta Venica, Virgini Fruch, Giulia Venica and Adelaide Venica
Great harvest finale with the Merlot harvest in our vineyard surrounding the Venica & Venica premises 💛🍇🚜
The 2018 vintage will be remembered for the record warmth of September and a harvest that is presenting itself under the best auspices.