“Fossa Mala” winery
The Villa Fossa Mala complex, formerly called Villa Bassi della Meduna, in style terms dates back the 16th/17th century. It’s typical enclosed courtyard structure symbolises the “villa civilisation” that brought beauty to the Veneto-Friuli countryside starting in around 1600. The nucleus of the “noble villa” is adorned by a majestic and centuries’ old “magnolia grandiflora”. Other signs of the Villa’s rural past are the drinking fountain, the cobblestone paving near the old stables, and the large arches on the first floor originally used as a hayloft. Several sections of the ancient architectural structure reveal the pattern of alternating river stones and bricks, used in past centuries to construct the walls.
Katia Roncadin is the owner of Fossa Mala. This is her world, immersed in this hospitable natural environment and in the history of an ancient land. The family estate makes its living from cultivating the vineyards that go to make great Fossa Mala wines, and that surround, almost as if shielding them from the chaos of modernity, the Stables, the Cellars, the Restaurant, the Shop and the 15 agritourism rooms that allow the Villa’s guests to enjoy the peace and quiet of this magical place in the heart of Friuli.
12th May 2003: the Fossa Mala project began here, a young idea in a very old land, and one that was unique in its kind for the Grave del Friuli DOC. Initially 6 hectares, it soon reached the current size of 30 hectares: continual growth desired by the Roncadin family with the aim of producing important and unique wines, capable of eliciting strong emotions. The setting that encompasses and represents this passion is as unique as the intended results: an ancient villa in the Fiume Veneto plain, keeping vigil over the surrounding vineyards, over man’s labour and the gentle alternating cycle of the seasons which, together, have made the Fossa Mala a great wine.