A vineyard called Friuli. This is a particularly suitable definition for the large variety and high quality of the regional wine production. There are no fewer than eight controlled origin denomination areas, which produce some excellent wines: Friuli-Aquileia, Carso, Collio, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli Grave, Friuli Latisana, Friuli-Isonzo and Friuli Annia.
Though different, all these areas are particularly suited to vine growing, a centuries-old tradition in Friuli Venezia Giulia, dating back to Roman times.
Apart from the precious and rare Picolit, a famous “meditation wine”, sturdy red wines (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Terrano, Pinot nero, Schioppettino, ecc.) and aromatic white wines (Tocai friulano, Verduzzo friulano – Ramandolo is exceptional – Malvasia istriana, Chardonnay, Pinot bianco, Pinot grigio, Ribolla, Riesling, Sauvignon, Traminer aromatico, etc.) are perfect to accompany the tasty and refined dishes of local international cuisines.
The two most prominent wine zones of Friuli are Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli, both lying in the hills along the eastern border. Terraced slopes subject to Alpine and Adriatic currents have proven their natural suitability to viticulture although the Isonzo plains also make this eastern region one of the nations major wine producing areas.
The interplay between the Alps and the Adriatic creates a mild and somewhat damp and breezy climate that cools the vineyards in the hot summer. For the most part winters are mild causing little problems to growers.
One of the most dominant varietals is Tocai Friuliano (of no relation to Alsatian Tokay or Hungary’s Tokaji). Other local wines made from Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla and Verduzzo are as interesting as those made from proven varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Grigio and Riesling. The whites produced in this region embody characteristic freshness and are noted for their ample fruit and delicate perfumes.
The Friuli wines match very well the Friuli cuisine, with its local recipes.
Friuli – Venezia Giulia Wines:
Colli Orientali del Friuli Piccolit
Colli Orientali del Friuli
Collio Goriziano or Collio