Colli Orientali Del Friuli Wine

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Colli Orientali del Friuli, is the region with the self-explanatory name meaning “Eastern Hills of Friuli,” in the northeast of Italy. Wine-making has existed here since the Roman times, and it has evolved into one of the most prestigious regions in Friuli. These hillside vineyards have their own unique soil composition known as flysch di Cormons, a mixture of limestone, marl and sandstone rich in mineral content. The region is split into three subzones: Ramandolo in the north, Cialla in the middle and Corno di Rosazzo in the south. 

The celebrity grape of the region is surprisingly not an indigenous Italian varietal, but good ol’ Sauvignon Blanc, making this the Marlborough, New Zealand of Italy (or maybe the white grape equivalent of Maremma). The style is rich and full-bodied, with an excellent mineral backbone thanks to the soil and weather conditions. Though the other white grapes that shine here are indeed local natives Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Verduzzo, either as varietal Read more »

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  • Tocai Friulano

    Blanc doux, Cinquien, Istarski Tokay, Malaga, Mosler, Sauvignon de la Correze, Sauvignon gros, Sauvignon à gros grain...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Ribolla Gialla

    This ancient Friulian variety was first mentioned in a contract from 1289. In 1402, the local city of Udine prohibite...

  • Refosco

    Cagnina, Canina, Crabb's Black Burgandy, Dolcedo, Drobni Rifoshk, Grosse Syrah, Mercouri,Refasco, Refosca, Refoschino...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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