In April 2008 the name of an important Italian wine denomination will cease to exist: Tocai (pronounced: To-kah-ee) was part of a long tradition and wine history of two different regions: Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, both in the north-east of the country. Tocai Friulano is a white grape, very popoìular, with origins that are unclear: some speculation seem to point that it was imported from Hungary, despite its lack of resemblance to any Hungarian variety. Anyway, Tocai was documented in Friuli as early as 1771. Some ampelographic research has identified it to be the same as the Sauvignonasse, a vine, as the name suggests, mistakenly thought to be related to Sauvignon Blanc. Tocai is Friuli's most planted white vine, with a fifth of the vineyard area, and is also widely disseminated in the Veneto and eastern Lombardy regions.