According to Vinous media's Ian D'Agata, who wrote that Schiopettino "has emerged as a truly noble variety with many outstanding wines to choose from." One of the wines has referenced as outstanding in his January review of wines from the northeast Italy region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG), was the 2016 Giovanni Dri Il Roncat Schioppettino "Monte dei Carpini" Friuli Colli Orientali DOC. 94 Points Vinous (one of the highest-rated wines from his review on the FVG region).
It is impossible to talk of Schioppettino in modern times without mentioning the year 1976. 1976 was the year of a massive earthquake the destroyed the mountain in front of Giovanni's vineyards known as 'Il Roncat.' That the same year, 1976, was the year that Paolo and Dina Rapuzzi won the first Nonino Risit d'Aur award, set up to encourage those in Friuli who persevere with endangered indigenous varieties.
Before 1976, Schioppettino was not authorized to be planted or made into wine by the local viticulture authorities, finally achieving authorization to be planted in 1981. The name "Schioppettino" apparently derives from the verb schioppettare, a variation of scoppiettare, which means to pop or crackle. Scoppietta, meanwhile, is Italian for musket (sic; we're talking guns now, not grapes), so Schioppettino (skyo-peh-TEE-no) roughly means gunshot or little crackle. It probably owes the name to the way its thick-skinned berries explode when you bite into them.
Giovanni Dri founded his winery in the far northern reaches of the Friuli Colli Orientali (FCO) zone in Nimis. Giovanni founded his winery in 1976, though his family had been growing grapes in this area since 1909. Giovanni planted the vineyard "Monte dei Carpini" in the '90s to many of the local varieties that are native to this DOC, like Pignolo, Schioppettino, and Refosco. The vineyard is a hillside of 18 hectares also planted to Olives, which Giovanni sells the olive oil from as well, and it's fantastic. Giovanni Dri is well known and respected for his sweet wines made in the DOCG of Ramandolo,
which is where the winery is located. Ramandolo is one of Italy's smallest DOCG's and a local curiosity that, along with, Picolit, make some of Italy's best sweet wines.
Today Giovanni's daughter Stefania Dri is the winemaker who was trained in Enology school in Udine, also in FVG. The wines are much fresher than other wines from this zone, where global warming has dramatically affected the ripeness level of grapes.in the far northern extremes of the FCO, the wines are harvested much later due to the cooler temperatures in the north allowing for the more natural
development of flavors and tannins. Stefania is joined by her husband, Cristiano, in sales and marketing.
Vinous (Ian D' Agata) 94 pts! Bright deep red. Exceptionally perfumed, refined nose of red/black cherry, blueberry, Oriental spices and violet. Then smooth, light and lively on the palate, with seamless tannins and repeating black fruit and spicy flavors on the long very elegant finish. A knockout Schioppettino. (Drink between 2019-2025)