When I was a child, like all children, I dreamed of becoming someone, of having a good job, an occupation that I could love and that could make my parents proud of me. So I started taking my first steps in the world with the intention of finding a passion to pursue, all mine. One day, just when I was looking for her, my passion found me. I was still a kid when a person close to me said a phrase that changed the way I see the world. I had already understood that my future would be tied to my land, but those few words allowed me to understand that I had made the right decision. Just right for me. It was a phrase by Howard Thurman: "Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself 'what makes me feel alive?' When you find the answer, put your plan into action. Because what the world needs are people capable of feeling alive." And to me, the earth makes me and has always made me feel alive. On these foundations, in 1950, Monviert was born, at the foot of the church of San Giuseppe, which we have owned since I remember, within which all the members of my family got married, including me. It all started from my parents' stone house, built brick-by-brick, a bit like our company with its plots.
Friuli is in the far northeast corner of Italy, bounded by the borders with Austria and Slovenia to the north and east respectively. The region is best known for its white wine production, which accounts for 77 percent of wine produced in the region. In terms of terroir, the most important influence on Friuli's vineyards is their position between the Alps and the Adriatic. The mountainous topography in the north and east lifts many vineyards above the low-lying clouds that are sometimes trapped between the hills and the coast. This allows the vines to bask in bright sunshine without overheating, allowing the grapes to develop full phenolic ripeness and aromatic depth before their sugar levels peak. Lower down and closer to the coast, maritime conditions moderate the diurnal temperature variation and create more stable, reliable weather, offering local vineyardists the luxury of choice in their terroir. source: wine-searcher.com
The name Monviert originates from the church, which has watched over our 87 hectares for centuries. In Friulian, the language of our land, it means "open mountain" because the "mountain" that hosts it gives an "open" view.
Located between the Julian Alps, which protect them from the cold northern winds, and the Adriatic Sea, which brings to them the warmth of the Mediterranean breeze, the Colli Orientali del Friuli have an ideal micro-climate for the production of red and white wines, which allows a slow and gradual maturation of the grapes. We have four vineyards:
- Bivio Romanut: Located in the upper part of the Bivio hill, the vineyard, less than one hectare, can count on continuous ventilation from the mountains and on a sun exposure that provides high luminosity. From the marly terrain facing south-southeast we produce a modern Ribolla, which is a prime example of a “hillside wine”.
- Col Rusal: On the top of Col Rusal, 1.8 hectares of vineyards nestling in the finest “ponca” soil (marl and sandstone), are caressed by the breeze off Mount Matajur and receive full sunlight all day long, providing ideal conditions for ripening the Schioppettino grape. An ancient native grape variety that expresses all its engaging and elegant character in the Monviert vineyard. In the middle of Col Rusal, surrounded to the west and north by deciduous forests 1.4 hectares of vineyards produce Sauvignon Monviert, which here find the ideal micro-climatic conditions for preserving its characteristic aromas.
- Fornalis, a vineyard with 25 year old vines, full of quality and “wisdom.” Less than a hectare of marly/clayey soil, with an exposure that captures the first rays of the morning and keeps them until the afternoon: lying on a hill, well-ventilated and away from humidity of the valley floor in the evening and early morning, Fornalis hosts the plants of the Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.
- Monviert: Watched over by the small church on the top of the hill, the vineyard where the Friulano grows is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the greatest number of hours / light possible. The 2.4 hectares of marly soil watch the sunset, thus capturing the very last glimmers of light before nightfall. The natural ventilation of the Valle del Natisone does the rest, thus providing the perfect conditions for the Friulano grape variety.