FRIULI - VENEZIA GIULIA / SLOVENIA
Located north- easternmost Italy, Friuli and Slovenia’s Collio appellation has emerged in recent decades as one of the country’s leading regions for white and macerated wines. The appellation, which in straddles the Italy-Slovenian border, is home to some of the white wine world’s most exciting superstars.
The predominant soil type is a distinct type of ancient seabed known locally as “ponca” (called flysch in English). With an unusual pink hue, calcareous ponca is an ideal complement to the maritime influence that arrives from the Adriatic to the east and the ventilation delivered by alpine air currents from
the north. Collio is the historic homeland of Pinot Grigio. Native Ribolla and Friulano (formerly known as Tocai or Tocai Friulano) and international varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot are also grown there. In recent decades, Ribolla, the native grape, has become a top variety for macerated wines.
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