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 Friulano Wine

Friulano (formerly Tocai Friulano) is a synonym for the grape variety also known as Sauvignonasse and Sauvignon Vert – it is known as the latter when used in the Friuli wine region of northern Italy.

Limited almost entirely to the foothills of the Southern and Western Alps (it has made it across to the U.S. but only in tiny quantities), the variety is decidedly less widespread than its close relative, Sauvignon Blanc. However, like its western French cousin, it produces fruity wines with lively acidity and hints of minerality. They are best drunk within a few years of harvest.

Friulano
Friulano Grapes

In the 1990s and into the early years of the new millennium, Friulano and a few other grape varieties have been embroiled in a legal struggle over the use of the name "Tokay" and its various permutations. For centuries Friulano has been called Tocai Friulano, but in 1995 the European Court ruled that "Tokay" should be used only to describe the wines of Tokaj in eastern Hungary.

Although the European Court ruled on the naming restriction back in 1995, the response to this has been slow, particularly in Friuli. Although the use of the name Tocai on labels has technically been illegal since 2007, some wine producers continue to use it, and it seems unlikely that the current generation of Friuli's winemakers will drop the Tocai in conversation. It is helpful that the variety has salvaged the second half of its name, as this means "of Friul"’, making it easier to remember which of the several Tocais it is and where the grape is most widely grown.

When the time came to choose an alternative name for the variety, Sauvignon Vert may have been an obvious and easily marketable choice, but neither the Italian nor the Slovenian producers who grow Friulano seemed keen to adopt the French-sounding name. The Slovenian contingent ended up choosing Sauvignonasse.

Outside Friuli, Friulano is also grown in Lombardy, at the southern end of Lake Garda. There it is a key ingredient in white San Martino della Battaglia wines.

Synonyms include: Sauvignon Vert, Tocai Friulano, Tai, Sauvignonasse.

Related grape varieties include: Sauvignon Blanc.

Food matches include:
Europe: Ribe v švorju (Slovenian lemon marinated fish)
Africa/Middle East: Shish barak (Lebanese meat dumplings in yoghurt stew)


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We found 229 matches for Friulano. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Bastianich Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $16 5666
Bastianich Plus Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $40 11980
Bastianich 'Adriatico' Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $15 16738
Livio Felluga Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $25 17081
di Lenardo Vineyards TOH Friulano Friuli Grave, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Friuli Grave $11 20399
Stanislao Radikon Jakot Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Venezia Giulia IGT $48 20953
Miani Buri Tocai Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $60 21217
Miani Filip Tocai Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $68 27030
Livon Friulano Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $13 28542
Lis Neris Fiore di Campo Venezia-Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Venezia Giulia IGT $20 29500
Palmina Tocai Friulano Honea Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, USA Santa Ynez Valley $21 30838
Poggiobello Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $16 32470
I Clivi di Ferdinando Zanusso 'Clivi Galea' Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $30 33691
Lis Neris La Vila Friulano Venezia-Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Venezia Giulia IGT $21 33825
Venica & Venica Ronco delle Cime Friulano Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $23 34057
Villa Russiz Collio Friulano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $21 35359
Tenuta Luisa Friulano Friuli Isonzo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Friuli Isonzo $16 37373
Attems Friulano Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $16 38561
Toros Friulano Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $26 39598
i Clivi di Ferdinando Zanusso Brazzano di Cormons 'Clivi Brazan' Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $30 39765
Venica & Venica Friulano Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $16 43117
Borgo del Tiglio Collio Ronco della Chiesa, Friuli, Italy Collio Goriziano $53 46866
Marco Felluga Collio Friulano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Collio Goriziano $20 48058
Dario Coos Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Colli Orientali del Friuli $16 51536
Azienda Agricola Plozner Friulano, Friuli Grave, Italy Friuli Grave $11 52103
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