Vie di Romans

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, friuli-venezia-giuli Italy

Vie di Romans is based in the heart of Isonzo, where Gianfranco Gallo’s 60 hectares of vineyard produce about 250,000 bottles a year. The well-drained soil is stony, glacial and rich in minerals, soaking up whatever rain falls like a sponge. An easterly wind brings cool night temperatures to temper the hot summer days, with the large diurnal range slowing ripening and allowing the grapes to accumulate flavour. This, along with the low yields that Gallo achieves and his proclivity for picking grapes only once fully mature, results in single-vineyard wines of great intensity and richness. As a result, Gallo releases the wines a year later than is usual.

This richness is evident in their Pinot Grigio from the ‘Dessimis’ vineyard. It has a coppery ‘ramato’ colour, that comes from a short skin maceration before fermentation, and boasts a lovely texture and nutty character. The ‘Flors di Uis’, a blend of Malvasia Istriana, Friulano and Riesling Renano, is striking for its minerality and aroma. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the ‘Piere’ vineyard and is a rounded, fuller style of Sauvignon with a freshness that is characteristic of this region. Their elegant Chardonnay has a spicy character that comes from Gianfranco’s judicious use of oak. All these wines have the hallmark of great individuality, something that really marks Gianfranco Gallo out from the crowd.


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