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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Broilo. Ribolla Gialla 2013

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

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  7. 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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  8. Tosolini. Limoncello d'Amalfi

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

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  9. Picech. Jelka 2011

    Unrestrained joy on so many levels.  Big waxy fruit, spiced with yellow berry and ripe apple, a legend.

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  10. Tosolini. Amaretto Saliza

    Tosolini Amaretto Salizá

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