Grape(s): A blend of Pinot Bianco, Riesling, and a small amount of Traminer Aromatico
Localization: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Tasting Notes: Its personality is closely associated with the presence of Riesling and Traminer, which give a highly aromatic German-style character, while Pinot Bianco provides a delicate ripe fruit.
Notes: It is fermented in steel and aged in 2,500-litre oak barrels, where it remains on the lees for 12 months. Fermentation at a controlled temperature of 19°C with cultured yeasts
Ageing: in 2500-litre oak barrels for one year on the lees
Malolactic fermentation does not take place
Food Pairing: It is a classic appetizer wine, for aperitifs and pairing with canapés.
The Domain: I come from a family of farmers who have always worked the land. We like to date the year of Ronco del Gelso’s birth to 1988, for it was when we bottled our first wine and it marked the beginning of a gradual change that transformed us from livestock farmers to winegrowers. From those 3,000 bottles whose label first bore the name Ronco del Gelso we have now reached an annual production of 150,000 bottles.
Our vineyards are situated on the small plain created by the tributaries of the Isonzo, which extends from the hills of the Collio region towards the Adriatic Sea. The poor, stony, dry soils are ideal for viticulture. Indeed, poor soils are very important to limit the vigour of the vines and prevent excessive production.
Our vineyard strategies have always respected the distinctive nature of the soil, whose low fertility makes them perfect for high-quality viticulture. Our vineyards are all single-Guyot pruned and vertical-trellis trained, with a high vine density to promote root competition and canopy restriction.
During planting, great attention is paid to the selection of clones and rootstocks, which must be suited to our soils. Green cover is planted in alternating rows. The wines vary according to the grape varieties and average yields are around 1–1.5 kg per vine.