Friuli Venezia Giulia In the northeast corner of Italy lies Friuli, where the flavorful San Daniele Prosciutto is made. With a cooler climate this region boasts some of the best whites in all of Italy. Their trademark wine is the Tocai Friulano which through legislation now is simply 'Friulano'. The land characteristically has low level plains that form the base for the 'Collio' hillis that border Slovenia. These mountainous areas have wines that are typically more minerally with good acidity.
- Colmello Di Grotta
When Francesca Bortolotto took over her mother's farm, she was determined to produce quality Friulano wines at affordable prices. Thus, the tradition dating back to 1965 when the vineyard was planted continued to function. Colmello's grapes are separated by two distinctly different types of soils : the lower 'Isonzo' region is a gravelly limestone and the upper 'Collio' soil has a sanstone rock base. The result is that two different types of wines are made, and they reflect the makeup of the two regions.