The winegrowing tradition of the Monastery estate lives on today through the seventh generation of the Ritter de Záhony family. The entrepreneurial calling of Guido Federico Rossignoli – son of Claudio Rossignoli and Edda Cristina Ritter de Záhony, both of whom passed down to their children a dedication and fondness for the local land – today allows for the direct management of the estate, honoring the oldest of family traditions. Guided by passion and commitment, Guido Federico, alongside his sister Sabina, cultivates the values that have always characterized the personality of the Home. The prosperity of this beautiful land early on catches the eyes of the Romans who found the city of Aquileia in 181 before Christ – today a UNESCO Heritage site – and who are the first to begin cultivating grapevines, aware of the natural potential of the area. Saying has it that empress Giulia Augusta, wife of Ottaviano, had such an appreciation for wine from Aquileia that she would have it sent to Rome.
FROM AN ANCIENT TRADITION COMES AN EXCEPTIONAL PASSION FOR WINE
After nearly 170 years, the Monastery estate today spans 130 hectares only a few kilometers from the Carnic Alps and nearby the seaside. Alluvial clay, rich in salt minerals, caressed in the wintertime by cold mountain winds and by the salty sea winds coming from the Grado lagoon in the summer, make this area the ideal terroir to grow grapes with unparalleled characteristics. Our method of working with grapevines – taking great care with every detail on each plot in order to take into account the different soil – allows us to obtain grapes with an exceptional ripeness and extremely elegant wines with intense flavors.
Ever since the Holy Roman Empire, grapevines have been growing on these lands, which today are dedicated to the cultivation of an assortment of DOC vine varieties from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, including Ribolla Gialla, Refosco, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Prosecco.
It is worth mentioning that recently Guido Federico planted non-local vine varieties, including Carmenere, Rebo and Palava. The latter is in honor of the ancient Hungarian family properties.
All our vineyards are certified by CEVIQ (Certificazione Vini Italiani di Qualità) for sustainable quality.