Christian Patat and Serena Palazzolo of Ronco del Gnemiz certainly make special wines, both red and white. Serena’s family bought the estate in the sixties and Serena took it over in the early nineties. The winery sits at the top of the hill of Rosazzo, in Colli Orientali del Friuli area, and benefits from cooling Adriatic Sea breezes and shelter from the Alps from the not atypical harsh winters. The vineyards are managed organically. The majority of the vineyards are planted on Friuli’s signature ‘Ponca’ soil. A soil rich in clay (marl) and limestone with natural properties that allow the grapes to grow on these soils to maintain high levels of acidity – without which the richer white wines of the Colli Orientali would lack necessary structure.
There is nothing formulaic about the way Serena and Christian work. They work with great care to produce elegant and rich white wines. A richness that would stick out if it were not for the deft hand used to keep the acidity high and the wines textured. White wines that can certainly age. The red wines, unsurprisingly, are also made to age.