Ronchi di Cialla Schioppettino Colli Orientali del Friuli Cialla, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, 1998
Overview of the Wine
Ronchi Di Cialla, meaning “hills of Cialla”, is located in a small valley surrounded by chestnut, oak and wild cherry woods in the DOC Friuli Colli Orientali.
It turns out to be illegal to cultivate extinct and thereby unapproved grape varieties in Italy, so, having single-handedly rescued Schioppettino from near-extinction, their next obstacle was to convince the authorities that they should be allowed to plant it! In 1976, Paolo and Dina won the esteemed Risit D’Aur award for their work in preserving this ancient variety.
Ronchi Di Cialla is certified as biodiversity friendly by the World Biodiversity Association, and they remain committed to using natural practices with minimal interference, having been one of the first winemakers to adopt integrated agriculture with low environmental impact. Today the winery is run by sons Pierpaolo and Ivan, who are also active entomologists with regular publications in Europe’s scientific journals. The estate produces approximately 115,000 bottles a year and offers library vintages extending back to the 1980s. The wines age exceptionally well--reds, dry whites, and of course the incomparable sweet wines--and the older bottles are highly sought after by knowledgeable collectors and fine restaurants alike!
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