Rauscedo the nursery, is famous throughout the global winemaking family, as a wine producer it has seen little need to spread its wings and considering its size it is impressively reticent. Rauscedo is a nursery first and wine producer second; the nursery began in the depression of the 20’s when a non-commissioned Italian officer arrived in the village and helped the local farmers refine their grafting techniques.
This started as modest activity and quickly led to the foundation of an association in 1929, which became a cooperative in 1933.
By 1948 the cooperative (VCR) was producing over 3 million grafted vines a year and had built a global reputation for correctness, accuracy and transparency.
Today 60 million grafted vine plants are grown each year many of which are exported to over 28 countries.
The same members formed a cooperative (Cantina Rausecedo) to make and market their wine in 1951, their skills as nurserymen has proved incalculable, as has the community spirit responsible for the formation and success of the business.
The wines are truly representative of this corner of the Friuli; the members are extremely proud and describe Rauscedo as ‘the root of wine’.
Rauscedo is on a stony floodplain between the Torrente Meduna and river Tagliamento, the soils are sparse and naturally dry. There are cooling, pure mountain breezes from the Alps and milder winds from the Gulf of Trieste, both play an important role in the health of the vines.
We discovered Rauscedo when winemaker Francesco Visentin moved there from Plozner, his knowledge of the Grave is unparalleled and his white wines are immaculate.
We had not tasted the wines prior to his arrival, so have no reference point from which to note the development but immediately spotted his hand on the Sauvignon and the Friulano.
The quality, attitude and joy of Rauscedo made the decision to buy their wines very easy.