friuli-venezia giulia

The Oriental Border
The history of this region is quite particular, given its geographic, ethnical, and cultural location as a frontier hub between central Europe to the north, the Slav regions to the east and the Italian Peninsula to the west and south. One of the oldest inhabited Italian regions, it is believed that the first humans here dated back as far as 20,000 years ago.
Though the wines produced in this region represent only two percent of the Italy’s production, to some they are comparable in quality to wine produced in Piedmont and Tuscany, the two most celebrated wine producing regions of Italy. The main difference between the regions are that Friuli-Venezia Giulia wines are mostly white, though some exceptional red can be found as well.

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The local wines are remarkable for the number of grape varieties that are used in their blends. In addition to the native grapes, different varieties have been introduced over time. Add to this the winemaking skills of the Friulani, and the result is the creation of exceptional wines.
The foremost white wine produced in this region is the Tocai Friulano. Because of a confusion between a Hungarian grape called Tokaj and a French one called Tokay, the European Community has demanded name changes of the French and Friuli grapes by 2006, allowing Hungary to keep the original Tokaj name. As a result, this most appreciated local white is now know as Friulano or Sauvignon Vert.
Other local whites include Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling Italiaco and Riesling Renano, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer Aromatico, Verduzzo and Malvasia Istriana. This last one is a somewhat metallic wine that complements wonderfully the Adriatic seafood recipes. It should not be confused with the Malvasia produced in Sicily, which is a totally different wine.
Among the red produced in Friuli – Venezia Giulia are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Collio and Collio Cabernet, Merlot, Pignolo, Pinot Nero, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Schioppettino, Tazzelenghe, and Terrano.
The Terrano is made with the Refosco grape grown in characteristic red soil. The peculiar quality of the sun and soil of the Carso area contribute to the wine’s particular characteristics. Low in alcohol, it is sometimes prescribed by doctors to cure digestive problems as well as to patients who need iron, because its acidity is thought to be beneficial. 


The area of the City of Prepotto is located east of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, bordering with Slovenia on the one hand and the Collio Gorizia, on the other.
The distance is about 30 km from the Adriatic Sea from the Julian Alps, which lets you easily sense the presence of large climatic differences between the individual vineyards and its exhibits. These differences strongly express the concept of territory (terroir), where the quality aspect is revealed not in a mere comparison (better) but is expressed in particular characteristics (soul) of the wine itself, acquired from the territory and its environment.