In love with a special land
Karstic soil is not easy to cultivate, and it requires patience and constant efforts. And a strong passion, a quality that made founder Vitjan Sancin start his activity in the early 90’s in his hometown, Dolina (San Dorligo della Valle, near Trieste) by opening a traditional osmiza. Then in the 2000’s his sons Devan and Alen (pictured with their father in the opening photo) took on the firm and brought in new concepts: they focused more and more on growing native vine varieties and on raising the bar as to their products’ quality. In order to achieve that, they put together long-standing, ancient traditions and innovation to attain the best from both sides, introducing brand new farming techniques. They also split in two the cultivation, devoting separated areas to grapes and to olive trees.
Wines for every occasion
Though the focus is on native vines, of course Sancin also grows international ones on their ten-hectares land. Malvasia and Glera are among the white wines’ grapes (Glera being the main element for Prosecco), and also the native Vitovska. The white grapes are turned into vintage wines which are vinified in white and left to age in stainless steel barrels: the process highlights their freshness and straight taste, and leads to refined wines - and a bit more alcoholic than usual, due to the terroir’s specific characteristics!
Native vines also prevail among the red grapes’ wines, like the local Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Merlot. Red wines are aged in barrique for different ranges of time, so that they differ in taste and complexity too. Cabernet Sauvignon also grows here and its wine is used in cuvée.
...And EVO oils too!
If you appreciate the view of endless vineyards laden with golden, ripe grapes, you’ll sure love the same sight with olive trees, instead - and their silver leaves gently swinging in the wind. Sancin produces some extraordinary extra-virgin olive oils too, growing about 6.000 trees of different kinds, both native species and their very own grafts.
Olive trees’ cultivation is a long-running activity for Sancin: they not only grow the olives, but also have their own olive presses and bottle the oil themselves, so that their products are guaranteed 100 per cent and made exclusively by them. Are you ready to taste them?