"MEN ARE LIKE WINE, SOME TURN TO VINEGAR, BUT MOST IMPROVE WITH AGE".
POPE JOHN XIII
Make a wine tasting tour in some of the famous wine areas of Friuli Venezia Giulia, such as Collio, Colli Orientali or others!
Think Tuscany but without the hassles that comes along with mass tourism!
Whether by foot, by bike, with a vespa or simply by car, the rolling hills scattered with cypresses of the wine regions Collio and Colli Orientali will continue to surprise you! After every bend in the road another stunning view is waiting for you. Stop at one of the many wineries and enjoy their excellent wines!
If you are looking for an organised wine tasting tour with or without a private chauffeur, please contact me for more information.
The different wine regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia
FRIULI IS HEAVEN FOR WHITE WINE LOVERS BUT NOT ONLY!
The region Friuli Venezia Giulia produces excellent wines. Especially white wines. It's heaven for white wine lovers!
This northeastern corner of Italy is almost the most important white wine producer, covering 20.000 ha of vineyards where 76% of white wines are produced. It has the highest proportion of white wines of any region except for the neighbouring region Veneto.
The main international white grape varieties are: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon as for the local wines the increasingly appreciated wines such as: Friulano, Malvasia and Ribolla Gialla.
The main international red wines are: Merlot, Cabernet but also the typical local wines such as Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso, Schioppettino and Terrano.
The wines of this area have been appreciated since centuries. The tradition goes as far back as to the Roman Empire period. It is said that Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus, owed her respectable age by drinking each day a glas of 'Pucinum'. Which might be the nowadays 'Terrano' a red wine produced in the wine region 'Carso', where the roots of the grapevines manage to work their way through the rugged karst rock.
More than half of the region consists of wine regions. In total there are eight wine areas. Each area is unique because of the diversity of soil (pebbles, sandstone, marl, earth, clay, and karst rock) or location (flat land, hilly areas, close to the sea, near a river). The most common areas are Collio and the adjacent Colli Orientali. This hilly area has a real micro-climate that benefits from many hours of sunshine, mild temperatures arriving from the Gulf of Trieste and cool winds arriving from the Alps.
RENT A YELLOW VESPA OR MOUNTAIN (E)-BIKE AND GO FOR A RIDE!
For several years now, driving through this beautiful area has become even more fun. Several wineries offer the option to rent a bright yellow 'vespa' - the typical Italian scooter or e-bike. The yellow represents the color of the sun, energy, and of course their wines. You can also go directly to the official rental service Zorgniotti. They are located in Via Vino della Pace, 18 in Cormòns.
On the most spectacular sites alongside the route, have been placed yellow picknick tables to promote the marketing campaign "Collio Brda Welcome". Brda is the name of the Slovenian wine area just across the border. The ideal spot for a drink or snack or just to enjoy the breathtaking view!
CORMONS THE HABSBURG PEARL IN THE COLLIO REGION
In the midst of the rolling countryside, you will find the town of Cormòns - a Habsburg gemstone in the heart of the Collio. Once this town was part of the Habsburg Empire, just like Gorizia and Trieste.
If you haven't had the chance to visit the wineries, go directly to the local wine shop "Enoteca di Cormòns" at Piazza XXIV Maggio number 21. Here you will find the best local DOC wines of the Collio and Isonzo area. Getting hungry and want to eat something typical in the Collio area? No problem, click here to download a list with some of the best typical restaurants. This way you can continue your exploration of the Collio wine area with a full stomach. And ... don't forget to return your vespa after all that tasting!
A FULL LIST OF ALL THE WINERIES
Click on the button below that directs you to the official Collio website to get the full list of all wineries dived by town.
The wine region Collio in detail
Book me for a wine tasting tour!
Travelers searching for a truly unique vacation can book me for a private wine tour! I will take you to some of my favorite wineries in the Collio area or you tell me which ones you want to visit.
In addition to being your personal tourist guide, I will guide you through a wonderful day of wine tasting and visiting cultural and historical sites!
I can be or organise your private driver. This way you can enjoy the wines and don't have to think about the driving.
It can be arranged to pick you up in your hotel or at the train station of Venice, Udine, Gorizia and Trieste.
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