The “Isonzo” D.O.C. region is one of
the Friulan plain’s most interesting.
In the last decade many of its producers, without a doubt being
inspired by the example of the Isonzo’s “big brother,
the Collio region, have focused on improving their wines so as to
arrive at their present high quality.
This flat belt of the Isontine plain between the Carso and the Judrio
River extends southward from the Collio (the Hill Region) and includes
the towns of Gradisca d’Isonzo, Romans d’Isonzo, Villesse,
San Pier d’Isonzo, Turriaco, Medea, Moraro, Mariano del Friuli
and portions of the towns of Cormòns, Capriva del Friuli,
San Lorenzo Isontino, Monfalcone, Mossa, Gorizia, Fogliano-Redipuglia,
Sagrado, Farra d’Isonzo, Savogna d’Isonzo, Ronchi dei
Legionari, San Canzian d’Isonzo and Staranzano.
The DOC ISONZO region includes over 1.300 hectares
of specialised cultivation.
.The large part of the grapes cultivated are of
the white variety, whereas the remainder are red. The total production
is around 80.000 hectarlitres of wine annually.
The white grapes include: Tocai Friulano, Sauvignon,
Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Traminer Aromatico, Malvasia, Riesling,
Riesling Italico, Verduzzo Friulano e Chardonnay.
The red grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Franconia, Pinot
The wines: Isonzo Bianco and Isonzo Rosso.
The sparkling wines: Isonzo Pinot Spumante.
Along with the indigenous Malvasia Istriana and
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, the diffusely cultivated Tocai Friulano
and Merlot grapes are also present here.