The first stand-out visit of the trip was at the wonderful Ronchi di Cialla.
We arrived and were greeted by none other than the man himself- Paolo Rapuzzi. He, along with his wife Dina, founded the winery and began planting the vineyards in 1970. One of my trip mates, Elaine, transcribed what Paolo told us of the beginnings of the things as we stood in the sun overlooking the hills of Cialla. Please have a look as my recounting won’t do it any justice.
We sat down for lunch with the whole family, pictured above are son Ivan and wife Dina. We were to taste several of the wines, some verticals with older vintages, and eat typical Friulano food. Done and done. Let’s do that!