Like many territories where great wines are produced, Colli Orientali del Friuli was deeply influenced by the Romans who brought viticulture and wine to the area. Evidence of this historical reality can still be found today, in the names of the area’s towns. And if that’s not enough, on the hill that hosts Torre Rosazza, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of Aquileia, which was once an important imperial Roman presidio.
Since its first contacts with viticulture, the Rosazzo area has upheld a particularly strong wine-producing mission and its love of wine has been passed down throughout the centuries, especially thanks to the Benedictine monks of the Rosazzo Abbey, an authentic reference point for the enological culture of Northern Italy.
The territory of Torre Rosazza was right inside the privileged Colli Orientali of Friuli Micro-zone, which is recognized today by the name Rosazzo. For hundreds of years, rows of vineyards decorated the landscape, alternating with olive trees that emphasized the presence of a special temperate micro-climate that sparked their cultivation. After the historical freeze that decimated the area’s olive groves in the first years of last century, local agricultural experts opted to plan vineyards rather than trees. Thus, the area’s wine-making vocation immersed with even more strength.
Another crucial moment for the wine-making industry in this area occurred in the 1970’s when Italian enology discovered the immense patrimony it had at its disposal, and addition top-notch techniques for vine cultivation and wine-making developed in the area, combining traditional know-how with solid scientific knowledge, capable of transforming each grape variety into wines of ever-increasing quality. Torre Rosazza was created precisely at this time. In 1974, the company was purchased by Genagricola, which immediately initiated a project aimed at researching and zoning the vineyard’s 90 vineyards in efforts to identity the quality of each terrain. It also sought to find the lots necessary for guaranteeing the exposure and geological properties for best interpreting the territory’s vineyards.
In those years, Walter Filiputti led the cellar’s choices, embarking on a journey that Torre Rosazza is still experiencing today. Most likely the first to do so in Friuli, it was Filiputti who initially introduced the use of barriques during the long refining process used for red wines. He was also the one to initiate the Ronchi Line and the Cru di Torre Rosazza. Those same years saw the birth of L’Altromerlot, Torre Rosazza’s signature wine whose name emphasizes a production concept inspired by the most refined French enological techniques which were very different from those generated by competing companies at the time.
Capable of creating exciting wines and providing an interesting glimpse of the territory and the enological culture of Friuli, the wines of Torre Rossaza spotlight the territory and its traditions with technical know-how and experience. The company prides itself on being authentic ‘artisans of taste’ as Filiputti used to say. Our enologists give every wine its own distinct personality. Each phase of our productive process is completely inspected and its initial phase arises from a ten-year collaboration with Rauscendo nurseries where experts select the clones that are the most typical and suitable for creating great wines.
The vines are then cultivated directly by the company’s staff headed by Ennio, Torre Rosazza’s agronomist. Our harvests are all carried out by hand and imply various successive stages including grape selection directly from the plants. Next, the grapes are immediately processed in the cellar located at the center of the vineyards. Wine making and refining are almost exclusively carried out in steel containers so to safeguard the grapes’ organoleptic characteristics as much as possible. When present, our wood refining process is discrete and it aims to uphold the typical nature of each wine without rending them heavy.