Venica & Venica Winery
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located in a cultural crossroads in northeastern Italy. The region is bordered by the Veneto, Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea. War, political upheaval, and social unrest over the centuries have left an indelible and unique mark on the region unlike any other in Italy. There is no other part of the country that is as rich a melting pot of cultures intermingled locally: Venetian-Italian, Austrian-German, and Balkan-Slavic.
The history and tradition of Friulian wines dates back to Roman times, like most of Italy, but its geographical position and the influence of its neighbors have shaped the wines to be as distinctive and diverse as anywhere else on the Boot. The successive rule of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Hapsburgs has shown the adaptability of the region’s winemakers to incorporate new techniques and varietals, which has brought critical acclaim to the wines of the region so much so that they stack up with those of Tuscany, Piedmont, and Veneto.
Perhaps no winery embodies the spirit and diversity of the region better than Venica & Venica. Like many of his contemporaries, Daniele Venica was born and raised in Austria. He purchased a small farmhouse in Dolenga in what today is known as the Collio Goriziano, or more commonly referred to as simply the Collio.
The Collio is blessed with rolling hills, a temperate climate modulated by sea breezes, and hard compact ponca soils. The region specializes in a multitude of wine varietals, both reds and whites. Not only do indigenous varietals thrive, but because of the region’s tumultuous past, international grapes changed the dynamics of winemaking in Friuli. Venica & Venica has maintained their core values focusing on classic varietals of the past: friulano, malvasia istriana, pinot grigio, and ribolla gialla. They have also incorporated and embraced international varietals like chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, which has allowed them to make some of the best wines in the region.
Today, the winery is run by the founder’s great grandson, Giampolo, who continues the trendsetting practices that helped kickstart the wine making renaissance in Friuli. The house is particularly renowned for the production of its white wines. They have continued the painstaking process started during the 1960’s and 70’s when producers became the first to use a modern technique for getting juice off the skins quickly and introduced stainless steel tanks to control the winemaking process. The result left crisper, fresher wines that revealed the natural grape flavors, which today has left Friuli as the unrivaled leader for white wine production in Italy.
Come join us at Babbo during the month of May to enjoy a glass of wine from Venica & Venica. The crisp, clean, refreshing flavors match Chef Frank Langello’s Spring inspired dishes: Primavera ed Alici, Bavette with Ramps, Breadcrumbs and Pecorino, Linguine with Clams, Asparagus Milanese and Prosciutto San Daniele “Riserva”.