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Friuli Venezia Giulia is located on the border with Slovenia and Austria, enclosed between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps. Its rich and unique cultural heritage is the result of centuries of different cultures intersecting on this land. Nowadays, Friuli Venezia Giulia offers the opportunity to dive into its winemaking traditions and explore the excellences of this territory during various winery tours and memorable tastings of local wine.

During your wine tastings in Friuli Venezia Giulia, you will certainly taste some of the region's great white wines, often known as "super whites". As the geographical characteristics and climate of this territory create the conditions for quality viticulture, vines were cultivated here since ancient times. The coming and going of different populations in Friuli Venezia Giulia resulted in the presence of both international and local vines which are often blended to obtain the perfect balance. The region's Designations of Origin currently include ten DOC wines, four DOCGs and three IGTs.

Which food to taste in Friuli Venezia Giulia?

As any borderland, Friuli Venezia Giulia's cuisine was influenced over time by the different cultures that crossed its lands. This means that, between your wine tastings and winery visits in Friuli Venezia Giulia, you will have the chance to taste some unique dishes that cannot be found in other areas of Italy. Some must-tries of the region are: Frico, polenta, Toc' in braide, Blecs, Cjalsons, Golas, Prosciutto di San Daniele DOP.

Which wines to taste in Friuli Venezia Giulia?

Plan a winery tour or wine tasting to discover Friuli Venezia Giulia's great wines and learn more about the many vine varieties that you can find in this area. The region boasts a great heritage of native vines, enriched over time by the introduction of some international vines, such as Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The native vines include Tocai Friuliano, Verduzzo Friuliano, Picolit, Schioppettino, Pignolo, Tazzelenghe, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Terrano e Vitovska. Other varieties that were introduced over time from the neighboring areas are Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Rhine Riesling and Riesling.

Which is the best season to visit Friuli Venezia Giulia?

The best time for wine lovers to visit Friuli Venezia Giulia is between spring and autumn when the temperatures are rather pleasant and the days are sunnier, allowing you to enjoy a wine tasting or winery tour immersed in the region's beautiful landscape. Towards the end of May, Cantine Aperte (Open Wineries) usually takes place, an event dedicated to wine enthusiasts who want to discover the territory and visit its cellars.

What things to do in Friuli Venezia Giulia?

Friuli Venezia Giulia offers many cultural activities and stunning sceneries other than touring vineyards, visiting wineries and tasting its excellent wines. Some of the region's highlights we recommend visiting if possible are Trieste and its Miramare Castle, Udine, Fusine's lakes, Aquileia and its Roman ruins. Otherwise, take a day trip to nearby Slovenia and visit its famous Postojna cave and Pedjama Castle.