Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio in the Friuli region in the north-eastern corner of Italy. The Venica family has owned the Estate since 1930, when the winery was founded by the grandfather of the current owners. During the 1930s, the Venica wines were already well known, and were sold in distant regions. At this time, Venica began to modify its vineyards, moving to hillside tiers to gain maximum sunshine for its vines. Until 1975, the father worked alone; he was then joined by his two sons, Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster). Throughout the 70s, there was replanting of the vineyards with an upgrading in quality; this was intensified in the past 15 years, during which time these two ambitious winemakers experimented widely, investing in new plantings and state-of-the-art equipment for the winery (airbag presses, stainless steel temperature-controlled vats and barriques). The goal was to maximize the natural characteristics of the wine: the fruit, the acidity and the bouquet. In their 22 hectares (55 acres), they produce 150,000 bottles yearly. The family also runs a restaurant on the property where they test their wines on their customers, and where their philosophy is "that the perfumes of the wine will lead you to the pleasure of drinking"
There are few Pinot Grigio’s like Venica’s, an exceptional wine from a single vineyard “Jesera”located in the DOC Collio. Pinot Grigio (a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir) is not a typical yellow or green skin grape but rather one with a grey-pink to purplish hue – hence “Grigio”. Extended skin contact gives this wine a wonderful copper hue, very much apparent in the 2019 vintage.
On the nose, the wine shows a complex bouquet that ranges from mimosa to jasmine, acacia, ginger, pink pepper, pear and rennet apple, all wrapped in a frame of citrus and mineral nuances. The palate echoes the lively and savory aromas, creating a refreshing, intense and balanced wine. The finish is long and vibrant with a very slight tannin derived from the skin contact.
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