Ronco del Gnemiz

Owned and managed by Serena Palazzolo and her sons, Ronco del Gnemiz has been one of Friuli Venezia-Giulia’s leading wineries for more than a decade. The Palazzolo family bought the estate back in the 1960’s, and Serena took over from her father in the early nineties when she returned home after college graduation. Her management of the winery has enabled it to reach new heights in terms of uncompromising quality, natural viticulture and most notably, aging potential. The wines are outstandingly ageworthy, with whites which are still beautifully balanced after ten years; a quality which Serena and her partner and fellow winemaker Christian Patat attribute to their deep-rooted respect for the terroir, preservation and improvement.  

The 10 hectare winery lays on the hill of Rosazzo. Despite the vineyards’ south-facing exposure which should make them extremely hot in the summer, the heat is tempered by sea breezes and the vineyards are sheltered by the Alps. Friuli does not always have a gentle climate and often suffers harsh winters in comparison to the good summers, and has also endured its fair share of freak, heavy rainstorms, for which the Northwestern region is renowned. If it weren’t for the good North winds known as ‘Bora’ which dry out the land, it would be impossible to manage the drenched vineyards.  Ronco del Gnemiz is lucky to have vineyards based on Friuli’s prized sandstone soil ‘Ponca’ which comprises many layers of soil built up over millions of years making it rich in minerals and microelements which give the wine a highly distinctive character.

Ronco del Gnemiz wines are characterised by bright acidity in the whites, with a very careful use of oak, while the reds adopt a classic Bordeaux style and austere tannins. All wines are made with fully mature grapes which are never overripe, and subsequently the rich fruit is the focus for both reds and whites. It is the purity, length and display of true varietal style which places Serena’s wines among the gems of the region, and make them a testament to her commitment and passion. 

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(Chardonnay Sol 2015) "The 2015 Chardonnay Sol is an intriguing white. A hint of Burgundian-inspired reduction leads to white orchard fruit, mint, slate, crushed rocks and white pepper. In this warm vintage, the intention here was clearly to preserve freshness. That comes through loud and clear in this beautifully delineated, if somewhat atypical, Friulian Chardonnay. To be fully appreciated, the Sol needs to be approached with an open mind and palate, as it is quite unusual for an Italian or Friulian white. I loved it. The Sol emerges from vines that are nearly 60 years old." 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (February 2017)