This is the region's largest DOC zone, and fast becoming one of Italy's new star appellations. Its name refers to the gravelly alluvial soil, conducive to some of the country's most impressive whites, yet also the home of outstanding reds: soft, fruity and graceful, exquisitely feminine in style.
Plozner is located in one of its most privileged areas, whose amazing rocky, unwieldy soil is instrumental for extract and style. The property now covers a total of 240 acres, 136 of which under vine - yielding an average 65,000 cases yearly. An extraordinary terrain, combined with the resourceful Lisio's avant-garde technology, the expert management of his daughter Valeria, and Francesco Visentin's wine-making skills, show Grave del Friuli at its best. View all Plozner Wines
About Friuli-Venezia Giulia(free-oo-lee veh-netz-ee-ah gwee-yee-ah)
Notable FactsSuccessful grapes of the Friuli include Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Then of course, there's the famed local variety, Tocai Friulano (not any relation to Tokay d'Alsace or Tokay of Hungary), which produces wine that is floral and nutty in character but light-bodied. Ribolla Gialla, another white grape making wine with the floral notes and acidity common to the region - it is a delicious alternative to the international varieties of the area. Reds are not to be forgotten, although found less often. Merlot is the most planted, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and few indigenous varieties. Most exports are white.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.