Nestled in the northeastern region of Italy, the Friuli Grave DOC is a wine region that epitomizes the symbiosis between nature and viticulture. The term "Grave" translates to 'gravel' in Italian, referencing the loose, gravelly soils which characterize this region. These rocky terrains, alongside the cool Alpine breezes and the moderating Adriatic currents, create an environment conducive to cultivating vines that yield wines with pronounced aromatics and a distinct minerality.
The red grape varieties, thriving amidst this unique terroir, are diverse. They range from the nuanced and herbaceous Cabernet Franc, the bold and structured Cabernet Sauvignon, the exotic Carmenère, the plush Merlot, the elegant Pinot Nero, to the indigenous and robust Refosco. Each grape brings forth the essence of the land, articulating the region's characteristics in every sip.
Friuli Grave's white wine portfolio is equally captivating. Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco bring structure and balance, while Friulano offers a native touch with its almond and pear nuances. Gewürztraminer and Riesling add aromatic complexity, with the latter offering crisp acidity. Pinot Grigio, popular worldwide, finds a unique expression here with its mineral-driven palate. Sauvignon Blanc introduces a zesty, green note, and Verduzzo, another local gem, rounds off with its honeyed richness.
Together, these grape varieties, rooted deeply in the gravelly embrace of Friuli Grave, embody the region's passion and dedication to producing wines that are both reflective of its rich environment and universally appreciated.
The proximity to the Adriatic Sea and the Julian Alps greatly influences the region's climate. In the areas closest to the Alps, the climate is cooler and rainy, while to the south, in the regions near the coast, the climate is warm and dry.
The soils of this wine region are mainly alluvial, and are composed mainly of gravel.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Refosco
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Friulano, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verduzzo
Nestled within the enchanting landscape of Friuli Grave DOC, a quartet of wines emerges, each capturing the essence of the land and the skill of its winemakers: Bianco, Rosso, Rosato, and Spumante.
Bianco, a luminous expression of white varietals, showcases the diversity of Friuli Grave. A harmonious blend of Chardonnay, Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Verduzzo Friulano dances on the palate. With each sip, the wine unveils a symphony of flavors, a tapestry of fruits and minerality that reflects the terroir's radiant spirit.
Rosso and Rosato, both an ode to the reds, tell a tale of elegance and complexity. Born from a union of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot, Pinot Nero, and Refosco, these wines evoke a rich mosaic of aromas and textures. Rosso's depth mirrors the earth's embrace, while Rosato's blush captures the vibrancy of the sun's kiss, a gentle whisper of red fruits and floral notes.
Spumante, a sparkling gem, is a celebration captured in a glass. Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero intertwine, creating a symphony of bubbles that dance upon the palate. With every sip, the wine exudes an air of festivity, a refreshing cascade of flavors that embodies the spirit of Friuli Grave.
In Friuli Grave DOC, Bianco, Rosso, Rosato, and Spumante are more than wines; they are expressions of the land's soul and the artistry of its vintners. Each bottle is an invitation to explore the nuances of varietals and terroir, a journey through the flavors and fragrances that define the region's winemaking heritage. With every pour, you embark on a sensory adventure, discovering the heart of Friuli's wine culture.