About us
The Ronchi di Cialla estate is strictly a family business.
While Dina and Paolo Rapuzzi, who founded it in 1970, were attracted by wine growing as a way of living, their children Pierpaolo and Ivan belong to a generation that “grew up with vines”.
Both of them have, in fact, a degree in Food Sciences and are agrarian experts; they firmly support the Ronchi di Cialla policy and immemorial wine making tradition in Friuli.
This family has thus become an uncommon heir of ancient traditions on one hand and modern scientific knowledge on the other making this small family business out of the ordinary.
Our family
Life of a family in the historic vineyards of Friuli
Paolo and Dina Rapuzzi founded the Ronchi di Cialla vineyard with the intent of growing exclusively indigenous Friuli grapes and produce great ageing wines but had to face several technical and bureaucracy problems in order to recover the Schioppettino vines, whose cultivation, by the way, was no longer allowed legally as the grape itself was thought to be exhausted. In 1976 the Rapuzzi vineyard received the first “Risit d’aur” award for bringing Schioppettino back into his natural habitat of Cialla di Prepotto in a rational way, in spite of the absurd laws stating its extinction. In the same here, its cultivation was declared legal again.
The Ministry of Agricultural Resources recognizes and establishes the geographical demarcation "Cialla" for the following wines: Schioppettino of Cialla, Refosco from the Red Peduncle of Cialla, Verduzzo of Cialla, Picolit of Cialla.
Schioppettino became DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli.
Cru Cialla
On the basis of the Law 164 was published in the Official Gazette no. 278/95 the disciplinary code of the Cialla. Until now this company ( Ronchi di Cialla )is known as the only one in Italy that produces wines from 5 native wineyards Schioppettino, Refosco from the Red Peduncolo, Ribolla, Verduzzo and Picolit.
Prestigious wines
On January 12th, the 1986 and 1988 Schioppettino di Cialla were auctioned at Christie’s in New York along the best Italian and French brands. 19th and 20th of May 2001 in the presence of a public notary, the company Ronchi Cialla issues the “1st Call for topping up” for the prestigious vintages Schioppettino 1985’s and Verduzzo 1983’s.The Calla Company proceeded with the operation of refilling a limited number of bottles: some owned by Rapuzzi family , and others owned by other customers.
25 years
June 8th marked the 25th anniversary of Schioppetino’s rebirth. Its evolution was displayed in a tasting for a selected experts commission through 6 signature vintages (’77. ’80, ’83, ’85, ’90 and ’98) which received a very positive feedback. The experts were impressed with the ever growing improvement of the product and the enhancement of its expression due to the long ageing periods. 10th May 2003 “2st Call for topping up” . In the presence of a notary and of Rapuzzi Family are topped up: Schioppettino, Refosco dal peduncle Red, Picolit and Verduzzo vintage 1977. The refilled bottles are property of the Ronchi of Cialla and of their most prestigious clients.