The Friuli

Native Vines:


• Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso
• Schioppettino
• Tazzelenghe
• Pignolo
• Piculìt Neri
• Cordenossa
• Cianorie
• Forgiarìn


• Friulano
• Ribolla Gialla
• Malvasia Istriana
• Vitovska
• Cividìn
• Sciaglìn
• Verduzzo
• Picolit
• Ucelùt
Important Wines
• Collio Bianco
• Friulano from the Collio and Colli Orientali
• Ribolla Gialla from the Collio and Colli Orientali
• Ramandolo
• Schioppettino del Colli Orientali
• Refosco from the Colli Orientali and Aquileia 


An orderly region, whose white wines are prized throughout Italy for their precision and fresh fruit, rising to fame in the 1970s with Mario Schiopetto’s revolutionary wines, which arguably laid the foundations for the future of Italian white wines.

The wines are usually named after their varieties and traditionally producers will make many different wines with very similar labels. 

The best sub-zones border Slovenia: the Carso, Collio ( and the Colli Orientali, where small producers dominate and their output is an anarchic mix from amphora fermented to ultra-clean reductive winemaking.  The Colli Orientali is essentially an extension of the Collio, though the former is in the province of Udine, the latter Gorizia.  The rules for Collio are also tighter and insist on the vineyards being on a slope.

The Grave is the largest zone and here Pinot Grigio rules with Prosecco on the huge rise. 

There are pockets of extraordinary winemaking in the lesser sub-zones like the Isonzo and Aquileia, but the most interesting zone of all may be towards the hills of Valeriano.  These have no official recognition, but have been brought alive through the recovery of ancient vines by Emilio Bulfon.


our Friulano selection by Winemaker / Estate...

Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 


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  1. Rauscedo. Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Generous, ripe lime and kiwi fruit aromas with ripe basil and tarragon, tight and mineral with fresh, fresh fig and lemon flavours, a fine structure and long finish.

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  2. Rauscedo. Pinot Grigio 2015

    Perfumed, funky, exotic aromas with lemon, herb and pink grapefruit, fresh and pure with the typically stony character that is the DNA of this wine.

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  3. Rauscedo. Traminer Aromatico 2013

    Beautifully restrained, lightly spiced fruit, dry and refreshing with tight mineral finish.

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  4. Rauscedo. Verduzzo 2013

    Soft, honeyed fruit with delicious touches of nutmeg and quince.  A medium bodied, supple, gentle sweet wine that has no desire to overpower. 

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  5. Rauscedo. Ribolla Gialla Spumante Extra Dry

    Beautiful aromatic fruit, fine minerality providing structure and weight.  For such an immediately enjoyable wine this has unusual complexity.

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  6. Rauscedo. Marzemino Spumante Demi Sec

    Deeply coloured frothy red with generous strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight flavours, bottled joy. 

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  7. Emilio Bulfon. Sciaglin 2013

    A tight, focused wine with refreshing grapefruit, lime and greengage fruit, some lovely soft peach, wild honey and jasmine, just a touch of bitter lemon on the finish. 

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  8. Emilio Bulfon. Cividin 'Blanc di Sanzuan' 2013

    Lovely ripe fruit on the nose, pineapple and mango, delicate herb and lime flavours.  A fine vintage for this vine.

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  9. Emilio Bulfon. Cjanorie 'Cianoros' 2014

    This vintage is so pure, the raspberry fruit is almost bright, tannin is almost non-existant. There is simply nothing not to love, it is the original Californian blonde.

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  10. Emilio Bulfon. Cordenossa 'Ros di Sanzuan' 2014

    A rich red, damson and sloe, a dark and brooding stylish wine with slight herb and mineral elements and soft tannins.

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  11. Necotium. Cabernet Franc 2013

    The fruit is dry, supple and elegant with mint, eucalyptus and herb complementing the generous bramble and berry fruit.  Light and supple, absolute classic.

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  12. Emilio Bulfon. Piculit Neri 2014

    Raspberry and black currants with a dusting of fine tannin, cedar and cassis, a glass of wine to loose yourself in.

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  13. Emilio Bulfon. 'Blanc de Rugel' 2013

    Deep, orange and grapefruit flavours, with spice and floral elements.

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  14. Emilio Bulfon. Pecol Ros 'la Santissima' 2014

    Strawberry and damson fruit, real mouth cleaning Victoria plum and cassis with lovely balance, a nice minerality and crunchy on the finish.  A special wine that will develop for a few years yet.

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  15. Emilio Bulfon. Moscato Rosa 2014

    This immaculate pudding wine coats your taste buds in honeyed strawberry, rose and Turkish delight.

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  16. Lis Fadis. Rosso 2014

    Lis Fadis Rosso
    Rosso Friuli Colli Orientali DOC

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  17. Picech. Friulano 2012

    Spiced and deep with apple to hazelnut fruit and a real mineral grip, a big complex white.

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  18. Picech. Malvasia Istriana 2012

    Apricot and torn basil on the nose, dried herb, lime and eucalyptus, mineral with tight candied lemon, intense and precise.  

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  19. Emilio Bulfon. Piculit Neri Barrique 2012

    Cassis, soft berry fruit damson and plum, some mocha and cocoa.  Still comparatively young, the tannins have some grip and whilst enjoyable it is a little unwieldy, nothing that a few years won’t iron out.

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  20. Picech. Pinot Bianco 2014

    A dry and full white with crusty bread and floral fruit, will come into its stride towards the end of 2016 and is well worth stocking up with.

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  21. Picech. Collio Rosso 2013

    Smooth and intense cassis flavours enhanced by fresh mint and ground spice. The tannins are soft and mature.

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  22. Serena Palazzolo e Figli. Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    A fresh and mineral style, far more in common with the Loire than with a typical Friuli Sauvignon.

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  23. Broilo. Ribolla Gialla 2013

    A powerful, spicy Ribolla with a real weight of apply fruit.

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  24. Broilo. Schioppettino 2012

    Raspberry and black pepper, earthy mushroom and grilled peppers, mineral and complex.  Seriously great full-bodied red that is fabulous now and will continue to develop to 2018-2020.

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  25. Tosolini. Limoncello d'Amalfi

    Luscious texture with mandarin, fig syrup and candied lemon flavours, a liquid sorbet.

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