Collio White Wines

06 September 2010 Published in Friuli Venezia Giulia Food & Wine

We like DOC Collio wines made from the following grapes growing in the province of Gorizia.

Collio Malvasia Istriana

It derives from the vinification of the Malvasia Istriana grapes which have been produced in this area for centuries. It has a light straw-yellow colour with a hue of green, a sharp bouquet and a slight, characteristic aroma of exotic fruit and white pepper. To the palate it is dry, fresh, lively with a good body. Very good as an aperitif, it goes well with soups, rich dishes and fish.

Collio Picolit 

A noble and rare wine traditionally grown in the Collio and usually drunk on special occasions. It has a straw-yellow colour with a golden hue. Its bouquet is strong and pleasant and reminds us of wild flowers and acacia in particular. Its taste is sweet, open and velvety. It is a wine to be sipped with friends whilst waiting for your next course.

Collio Ribolla Gialla

The presence of this wine in the Collio has been documented since ancient times. Traditionally, it was mixed with Tocai Friulano and Malvasia Istriana but now the wine is produced from this grape alone. It has a bright straw-yellow colour and an intense and elegant bouquet with a lively taste. It goes well with shellfish and other delicate fish-based dishes.

Collio (Tocai) Friuliano 

This wine should not be mistaken for other wines with the same name since its name derives from the "Tocai Friulano" vine which is one of the most traditional and renowned vines in the area. It has a straw-yellow colour with a pleasant shade of green. Its bouquet is personal with a delicate aroma and has scent of almonds. The taste is dry, full-bodied and well-balanced. It is excellent between meals and in the Collio it is a classical aperitif. It goes well with fish but also with grilled white meat. It is particulary suitable with the local raw ham even when slightly smoked.

East Collio Wine Zone

The Colli Orientali wine growing zone east of Udine stretches from Tarcento in the north to Corno di Rosazzo in the south. It is a narrow strip of land designated as the 'Parco della Vite e del Vino' or 'Park of Vine and Wine'.

Autumn is a great time to visit the area thanks to the harvests and the spectacular golden browns and oranges of the slopes.

Julius Caesar laid the first vines here around 53 BC near Cividale and the town was subsequently named after him. It derives from 'Forum Julii'.

The climate is ideal for wine cultivation, a combination of the Giulie Alps and the Adriatic Sea. The former protect the slopes from the biting winter winds while the latter blows fresh air from the south.

Yet, even within the Colli Orientali, different microclimates produce wines with distinct local character.

For more information and thanks to: Consorzio Tutela Vini DOC Collio - www.collio.it