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Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Cialla, Italy – Ivan Rapuzzi

April 23, 2012

Why do you do what you do? Because I feel free. I have only nature and God between my valley, my vines, my work and my wines. In addition, in my area the viticulture is very traditional from many, many centuries, and for this reason I grow only indigenous varieties such as Schioppettino, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Pignolo, Verduzzo, Picolit and Ribolla Gialla. Schioppettino is very important to me; it was saved by my parents at the end of the 1960s.  At that time, Schioppettino had nearly disappeared (only 60 plants were found in the valley) because of phylloxera and the two world wars (we were on the front line). My parents saved those specimens to make new plants.

How do you do it? This is a “Family business”, and requires a lot of work and passion. We trust in our terroir and we hope to make wines with a strong character of our terroir.

We were one of the first winemakers to adopt integrated agriculture, with low environmental impact. All vineyards are planted with grass.  Parasite control (both fungi and arthropods) is kept to a minimum degree by using highly transitory contact or biological products only.  We want to get top quality grapes, which are totally free of chemical residues.

The grape harvest is rigorously and accurately carried out by hand. Grapes are then carefully selected and quickly submitted to the wine making process.

What obstacles have you overcome? It is necessary to overcome a lot of obstacles. We work in a mountain area, and all our vines are very small and close to the forest. It is nice but needs a lot of work. And in the last few years the bureaucracy has become terrible!

What disasters have you survived? In 1976 we had a big earthquake. (See: )

Are you happy with this work? Yes, definitely.





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