Gradis'ciutta di Robert Princic
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Gradis'ciutta di Robert Princic

Gradis’ciutta is the name of a rural hamlet on top of a hill in the town of San Floriano del Collio. Around this hamlet, my grandfather, Franz Princic, had his historical vineyards. Before being named Gradis’ciutta, this place was known as Monsvini, which in Latin means “the mount of wine”; the name recalls the old winemaking tradition in Collio. Today, thanks to the work of the entire family, the winery has reached 20 hectares of vines out of a total of 30 hectares, parts of which are in the communes of Gorizia, Capriva del Friuli and Dolegna del Collio. The locations of the vineyards at different elevations, allow to discover the ideal soil for indigenous grapes, such as Ribolla and Friulano, and international grapes such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Our success in growing all these different varieties of vines is also influenced by the sun, wind, and rain. Very few know that on March 17th, 1787 a bulletin with a “classification of wines produced in the Princely County of Gorizia and Gradisca according to their excellence,” was issued. This classification was just like a cru. Grapes come from places in the Collio that belong to the top three rankings (out of nine total). Wines come from indigenous grapes, the Ribolla Gialla, and (Tocai ) Friulano; blends are created from Malvasia, Moscato, Picolit, and Verduzzo. Moreover, the existence of two wines proves our winemaking custom: the early “Vino Bianco” and the “Colliano”, which appeared at the beginnings of the XIX century. Today, the cellar is a balance between modern technology and tradition. Inside it, you can admire wood beams, bricks, and tiles recovered from old farmhouses. In our tasting room, our tables are made with reclaimed wood. Energy preservation is promoted and even adopted renewable sources and solar panels. For  winemaking,  stainless steel containers as well as oak barrels are used.