I spent hours studying the logbooks where I granddad and dad recorded the rainfalls, hailstorms, periods of drought and other whims of the weather, writing down the strategies they used to cope with them. Much of what I know about vineyard management I learnt by working in the vineyard, and what I know about winemaking I learnt in the winery. I don’t follow any trend, instead, what I am interested in is making high quality wine to which I am fully committed.
My name is Aldo Polencic, and I was born to become a winemaker. When I was a little boy, life on the farm was hard. We had farm animals, an orchard, a large vegetable plot, and the vineyard to tend to. Everything was done by hand: milking the cows, fertilizing and treating the trees for pests or disease, and harvesting the crops and grapes. I did my part, and I learnt by doing. My dad was always there ready to teach me what he knew; he explained how nature worked and never missed showing me where the birds nested and how the insects were important for the environment.
POLENCIC, A FAMILY HISTORY
My great grandfather Michele planted his first vineyard in around 1880. Cormòns at the time was a little town of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and its wines were often destined to Vienna. My grandfather Luigi followed in his father’s footsteps, but it was my dad, Ferdinando, to fully focus on quality wine growing. Indeed, at the beginning of the seventies he was one of the founders of the Consortium for the Protection of the Collio DOC wines. Today the Polencic estate and winery is managed by me, Aldo, my full commitment beginning in 2003.