The Abbey of Rosazzo
Legend has it that as long ago as Charlemagne’s time, the hermit Alemanno settled on the hill of Rosazzo, founding an oratory and a shelter that over the centuries became first an Augustinian monastery, then a community of Carinthian Benedictines and three centuries later, a Dominican monastery.
Rosazzo’s importance was clear even in 1245, when Pope Innocent IV placed the abbey under the direct protection of the Holy See and subsequently, when the patriarch of Aquileia Nicolò I granted the abbot the privilege of wearing bishop’s vestments. The partiarch was a prince in all but name, with a civil governor beneath him to look after civil and and criminal justice. The abbot of Rosazzo held the third-ranking position in the parliament of the patriarchate – the Patria del Friuli – after the bishop of Concordia and the chapter of Aquileia.
In 1751, after the suppression of the patriarchate, its pastoral heritage, property and appurtenances were split between the archiepiscopal sees of Gorizia and Udine. The castle and monastery of Rosazzo shared the same fate. To this day, the archbishop of Udine bears the title of Marchese di Rosazzo.
From the elevation of its centuries-long history, the Abbey of Rosazzo enfolds the surrounding vineyards in a gentle embrace. The location is stunningly beautiful with a view that stretches to the sea.
“Here are very perfect wines...”, wrote Martin Sanudo in 1483.
And it was in the hills of Rosazzo that Abbazia di Rosazzo 2009 was created by the Livio Felluga winery from an elegant blend of Friulano, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Malvasia and Ribolla Gialla.
A wine that embodies Rosazzo’s history and terroir.