The Middle Ages
For Rosazzo and its much-prized produce, the Middle Ages were a critical period when monks from the various orders that came and went planted orchards, olive groves and above all vineyards while continuing to cultivate the ancient local variety of wild rose.
In 1341, Bertrando (Bertrand), the patriarch who made a gift of Friulian vine rootings to his nephew the king of Hungary, issued a decree that threatened excommunication for anyone who failed to plant vines on the hills of Rosazzo after clearing a site. In 1409, the first session of the Council attended by Pope Gregory XII was held at Udine and Ribolla from Rosazzo was served at the dinner table.
In 1483, Marin Sanudo visited the “Abbey of Rosazzo, which is a small castle situated on top of a mount, and inside is a church with an abbey (…). Here are very perfect wines”.