Vie di Romans is based in the heart of Isonzo, where Gianfranco Gallo's 50 hectares of vineyard produce about 250,000 bottles a year. The well-drained soil is stony, glacial and rich in minerals, soaking up whatever rain falls like a sponge. A cool east wind causes a big difference between day and night temperatures, which in turn slows ripening and allows the grapes to accumulate a great deal of flavour. This, along with the low yields that Gallo achieves and his proclivity for picking grapes only once fully mature, gives single-vineyard wines of great intensity and richness. As a result, Gallo releases the wines a year later than is usual. This fullness is evident in his Pinot Grigio from the 'Dessimis' vineyard. It is aged in both oak and stainless steel and has a lovely texture and nutty character. The 'Flors di Uis', a blend of Malvasia Istriana, Friulano and Riesling Renano, is striking for its minerality and aroma. All these wines have the hallmark of great individuality, something that really marks Gianfranco Gallo out from the crowd.