A lesson in fermenting on skins – Collio Ribolla Gialla


It has taken me far too long to report anything on Friuli, the region east of the Veneto, bordering Slovenia, of which a large part belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire until the First World War. That is particularly strange, considering that I commute between London and Padova, which is a mere 90-minute drive from Trieste.

I can only feebly explain this by the fact that when I was working as a sommelier and wine buyer in Berlin in the 1990s, Friulian whites, those from Collio and especially Colli Orientali Friuli, were omnipresent, rather like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is today...