Ronchi Di Cialla is at the forefront of the movement in Italian wine of returning to the country’s great indigenous varieties, and is making some of the most compelling, age worthy wines in all of Italy. On Thursday, March 22nd, Le Du’s has the privilege of hosting Ivan Rapuzzi, the head winemaker of Ronchi Di Cialla, for an amazing seminar exploring the evolution of three of the estate’s flagship varieties, Cialla Bianco, Refosco, and Schioppettino.
The story of Ronchi Di Cialla starts in 1970 when Paolo and Dina Rapuzzi bought a property in Cialla for the purpose of growing only local grapes. At that time, they were able to find plantings of Gialla, Picolit, Verduzzo, and Refosco in a few small vineyards scattered throughout the northern reaches of Friuli, but the only traces of Schioppettino they could find were in ancient manuscripts espousing its popularity across Europe, and in the sense memory of local elders. Undeterred, however, Paolo and Dina continued to search for this once heralded grape variety until they stumbled upon a patch of just 70 surviving vines in a nearby valley. From this patch, they were able to graft an entire new vineyard, and save the grape for all of Friuli.
On March 22nd, we will have the great privilege to welcome their son Ivan to Le Du’s for an incredible tasting of multiple vintages of the estate’s top wines. This seminar is a fantastic opportunity to learn not only more about Friulian wine, but also to appreciate one of the most influential estates in the modern history of Italian viticulture. Estates all across Italy have begun to replant their vineyards with and appreciate their ancient, local, varieties, and it was Ronchi Di Cialla that pioneered this philosophy in Italian wine.
The following wines will be poured at the seminar:
Cialla Bianco 2014
Cialla Bianco 1999