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Expert’s choice: Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s native whites

The region’s lesser-known white varieties Friulano, Malvasia Istriana, Ribolla Gialla and Vitovska are gaining recognition. Michael Garner profiles each one, and picks 18 of his top-scoring wines.

Back in the 1970s, Friuli-Venezia Giulia was hailed as ‘the promised land’ for Italy’s burgeoning fine white wine scene.

Winemakers such as Silvio Jermann and Mario Schiopetto, having embraced modern winemaking philosophy and new technology, became legends.

Such privileged status continues today, at least at national level; for now, the area’s wines remain less well known further afield.

Scroll down to see Michael Garner’s top 18 native white wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia

About 75% of production here is white, and while Friuli might be best known for its excellent and distinctive Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon, the region’s talented winemakers are now gaining a reputation for varieties regarded as native.

Michael Garner’s top 18 native whites from Friuli-Venezia Giulia

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