Friuli -Venice-Julia: the birthplace of modern white wines
Wineries in Friuli Venice Julia make 12,7 million hectoliters of white wine. That’s 77% of the total output, and DOCs protect 62% of all wines. Twenty major varieties make the region’s vineyards, including Refosco, Ribolla Gialla, Verduzzo, and internationals like Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer. The three most important grapes are Pinot Grigio (26%), Merlot (15%), and Friulano (9%). With a handful of IGPs, 12 DOC, and 4 DOCG, including the famous Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit DOCG, the region offers quality at all price points.