Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine Region
The compact region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, commanding the northern Adriatic Sea with boarders on Austria and Slovenia, continues to set the pace wiht modern Italian white wine. Friuli has built a glowing repuation for white wines made by relatively small wineries and estates. The Friulian style in whites favors the exquisitely fresh and fuity, with delicate frangrance and flavor that expresses clear varietal character. Many producers consider their whites to be too pure and linear to benefit from wood aging. But there are a growing number of exceptions to the rule, in white wines that gain depth and complexity from blending, oak aging and other artistic touches. Friulian reds were traditonally light and fruity, best to drink within two to five years of the harvest.