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Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located in the northeast corner of Italy, bordering Austria and Slovenia.  The Julian Alps, named for Julius Caesar, preside over the northern landscape, while the south is comprised of villages and towns leading to the Gulf of Trieste. Being as close as it is to the country’s border, it’s historically been a veritable magnet for invasions, by everyone from Attila the Hun to Napoleon. In the 18th century, Charles of Hapsburg opened up Trieste and Fiume as “free trade” ports. But this only served to give Austria access to the Meditterranean and make these trade hubs very prosperous while the rest of the region was steeped in poverty. But after World War II, areas rich in agricultural traditions were able to benefit from the rise in modern industry and the region as a whole rose from its downtrodden past. 
The Alps and Adriatic sea are the region’s great climate moderators. Mountainous DOCS to the north and east benefit Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Friulano

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Bellafina Pink Moscato Venezia


    Effervescent in the glass with rose petal and strawberry aromas. Off dry in the mouth, this would please those with a sweet tooth. This starts out with more strawberry and watermelon but there is a light tart note here that's acidic and lemony. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bressan Schioppettino Venezia Giulia IGT 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... an esteemed and innovative Friulian winemaker whose vineyards lie in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy straddling the Italian/Slovenian border. From 2001 onwards, he has used huge, bees' wax-lined giare (amphorae - singular "giara") made in Georgia... Read More

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  • Campanile Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2009


    This was tart upon opening and needed a little time to settle down into the "normal" PG profile that is uniquely Campanile. By that I mean there is a saline note to the finish that stands out from the pear, melon and citrus finish. I like because it's different. Drink now - Paul (11/21/12) 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Bivio Pinot Grigio 2013


    Full of body the winemaker says "An elegant and lively bouquet with structured notes of pear, exotic fruit and crisp acidity. Finishes with gorgeous minerality." Good for the price point. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Pighin Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2014


    Light on the fruit with strong acidity and sour finish. Wine may be flawed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Casarsa Pinot Grigio-Pinot Blanc 2011


    The wine snuck up on me. at first tasting I was mildly ambivalent and than as I began to drink it the more I liked the smooth, not dry, fresh and quaintly sweet taste. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Gravner Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia IGT Anfora 2005


    Fantástico!!!!!! Read More

    Wine review by Viryo

  • Gigante Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC Schioppettino NV


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Favola Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT 2005


    I have an unopened bottle in excellent condition. I am open to offers... Read More

    Wine review by smurphy1

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