Nestled in the top-right corner of Italy, bordering Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea and Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a small region that ranks among the best in producers of white wines.
Winemaking in Friuli dates back to the Ancient Romans, with modern commercial success coming in the late 1960s. Innovations in temperature controls enabled producers to create crisp clean white wines for the first time, which many wine experts attribute to the first step in the trend toward fresher, lighter white wine varieties. White wines from the Friuli region today are widely regarded as some of the best in Italy.
A region that draws influence from all of its surrounding neighbours, Friuli is known for its delightful collection of small, high quality family-run vineyards and diverse production of both native and international wines.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is characterised by its unique local grape variety: Friulano (former known as Tocai). The signature white grape of the region, has acidic, fruity and slightly mineral notes that are not dissimilar in nature to those of a Sauvignon Blanc.
The principal variety for red wine is Refosco, which is actually not one grape but a group comprising from six to eight closely related varieties. Refosco’s tend to be “big” wines: full-bodied and often tannic with bold flavours. Dark stone fruits and berries are common on the palate with hints of plum, currant and blackberry.
Other local varietals are: Ribolla Gialla, an aromatic white wine, the red varietals Schioppettino and Tazzelenghe and the extremely rare and expensive dessert white, Picolit.
The region is also home to non-indigenous varieties including Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay, as well as red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
At Arquilla we stock a big variety of wines from some of the best Producers in Friuli. Explore our range here.