Friuli

Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the most beautiful and unique wine regions in Italy. Its special geographical position at the crossroads of far northeastern Italy, the Adriatic Sea, Austria and Slovenia has given the region a blend of cultural influences. Its varied soil and terrain allowed it to cultivate an astonishing combination of grape varieties. Today Friuli is known for it's myriad of small, high quality family-run vineyards and diverse production of native and international grape varietals. Indeed, many wine experts believe that Friuli produces Italy's best white wines. They are extremely fruity, fragrant, well structured, with a strong body and pleasant roundness. Slight mineral notes are especially present in the wines from the Carso area.

Among its international grape varietals, Friuli produces excellent Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Traminer and Pinot Grigio (among the roundest and full-bodied in Italy).

However, this region particularly excels in its production of native grape varietals, its foremost being Tocai Friuliano (which is not to be confused with Hungarian Tokaj which is completely different). Other exceptional varieties are Verduzzo Friuliano which produces a characteristic sweet wine called Ramandolo, Malvasia Istriana which is a somewhat metallic tasting wine that complements seafood dishes wonderfully, the aromatic Ribolla Gialla and Picolit used to make a rare, expensive desert wine.

Friuli also produces excellent red wines. Its non-indigenous varieties, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc have rather distinct grassy notes. Of its native varieties, it produces extremely high quality Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Schioppettino.

One cannot talk about Friuli without mentioning its magnificent grappa. Like its neighbouring Veneto, the production and consumption of this wonderful spirit is extremely widespread and it is almost unconceivable to end a meal without a little grappa (especially in its very cold winter months).

Our Friuli producers

Stocco
Bicinicco - Udine
Traverso
Prepotto - Udine
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