Study Cards on grown, friuli, wines

Beside the common varieties, in which three grape varieties is Friuli specialised?
  1. Friulano
  2. Ribolla Gialla
  3. Refosco
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Ribolla Gialla is only grown in two sites in Friuli, which ones and what are the characteristics and styles of wine produced?
  • This white variety is only grown in Collio and Colli Orientali, as it needs hillside sites to prevent it growing too vigorously.
  • It is prone to shot berries.
  • The wines have citrus and pepper notes and high acidity.
  • Many styles are being experimented with as the profile of the variety has grown:
    • oak-aged or not,
    • Charmat sparkling wine,
    • dry and off-dry,
    • extended skin
    • contact for orange wines,
    • amphora wines.
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What is the most planted red variety of Friuli, name the characteristics? And the most planted red international?
  • Local -> Refosco: vigorous, need hillsides for lower fertility, late ripening and resistant to rot. Red cherry and herbs, high tannins therefore oak ageing is best.
  • International -> Merlot
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