This Sauvignon takes its fascinating and suggestive name from the same vineyard where its special grapes come from.
The small hill has a wonderful story to tell: during the First World War, it was bombed by the Austrians and this caused a slight landslide of the slope.
Therefore, once the founder Daniele Venica bought the property in 1930, it was time to do something. In the following years he decided to plant several apple trees among the existing vines, in order to support the soil, according to promiscuous agriculture which was very common at that time.
The first Sauvignon R3 vines were planted later, in 1984, by Gianni and Giorgio Venica. After carefully observing the soil and climate varieties of Cerò’s hill, they became aware that the North-west exposure was the ideal one to obtain intensely aromatic wines. It was finally born the “Ronco delle Mele Project“, which kept developing and becoming more and more important till the production of the first vintage, in 1995, which immediately obtained some of the major awards from the Italian wine guides.
Ronco delle Mele’s Sauvignon vineyard is located inside the DOC Collio area. It is oriented towards the Julian Alps with a view of Mount Canin’s glacier and a maximum altitude of about 150 m above sea level.
Despite its limited extension of about two hectares, it is necessary to harvest the grapes at various times, due to the different microclimates between the vine rows created by the forest’s presence, the exposure to sunlight and the breeze coming from the North.