- BRONZE (2013) Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
About the wine maker
The La Roncaia winery was created by Fantinel family in 1998 in the small village of Cergneu, in the northern corner of Colli Orientali del Friuli, just 5 miles from the border with Slovenia. Here, at about 250 metres above sea level, maritime breezes protect the vines from the cold northern winds: the grapes benefit from the longer ripening period developing intense flavours. They farm some very old vineyards which produce tiny yields of high-quality grapes.
Their philosophy is aimed at expressing the Friuli Colli Orientali region using just a few grape varieties, including native varieties, interpreted with peculiar vinification methods; ‘appassimento’, drying the grapes for months on trays indoors, and the use of oak barrels for fermentation and maturation are key practices.
Tibor Gal, the talented and internationally recognized Hungarian winemaker, was the consultant for La Roncaia from its first vintage in 1999 until 2005, the year of his tragic and untimely death. Today his development work, both the winemaking and in the vineyards introducing specific clones and working on incredibly low yields, is built upon by Adriano Copetti a disciple of the great Tibor; his focus is on producing incredibly intense wines.
Their philosophy has gained many plaudits culminating in La Roncaia being voted in the top 100 wineries of Italy with wines achieving the maximum scores in the Gambero Rosso.