Friuli Aquileia DOC

Friuli Aquileia See Friuli–Venezia Giulia map, ref #6
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1975
Vineyard Area: 455 ha / 1,124 acres (2014)
Production: 21,700 hl / 241,000 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Friulano, Gewürztraminer, Malvasia, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verduzzo
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Refosco
Styles and Wine Composition:
WHITE WINES
  • Bianco (Wh): Minimum 50% Friulano + OAWG
  • Chardonnay (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): 100% Chardonnay
  • Friulano (Wh): 100% Friulano
  • Malvasia Istriana (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): 100% Malvasia Istriana
  • Müller-Thurgau (Wh, WhFr, WhFrSw): 100% Müller-Thurgau
  • Pinot Bianco (Wh): 100% Pinot Bianco
  • Pinot Grigio (Wh): 100% Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling (Wh): 100% Riesling
  • Sauvignon (Wh): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Traminer Aromatico (Wh): 100% Gewürztraminer
  • Verduzzo (Wh, WhSw): 100% Verduzzo Friulano
  • Superiore (Bianco, white varietals)
ROSATO WINES
  • Rosato (Ro, RoFr): Any proportions of authorized red grapes
  • Superiore (Rosato)
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): Minimum 50% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso + OARG
  • Cabernet (Rd): 100% Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc (Rd): 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot (Rd): 100% Merlot
  • Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (Rd): Minimum 90% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso; maximum 10% Refosco Nostrano
  • Novello (Rosso)
  • Superiore (Rosso, red varietals)
  • Riserva (Rosso, red varietals)
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante or Spumante di Qualità (WhSp): 100% Chardonnay

Note: The disciplinare does not specify a percentage for the varietal wines, but it does allow adding up to 15% must or wine from other similar-colored grapes from within the DOC, making the varietals potentially an 85% minimum of the stated variety.


Significant Production Rules:
  • Minimum alcohol level: (For Superiore, add 0.5% for each category except 1.0% for Friulano) 10.5% for Bianco, Friulano, Malvasia, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Rosato, Rosso, and red varietals; 11.0% for Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc, Verduzzo, and Novello; 11.0% for Spumante; 12.0% for Riserva
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 20 g/l (2.0%) for frizzante versions of white varietals; maximum 45 g/l (4.5%) for Verduzzo amabile; minimum 45 g/l (4.5%) for Verduzzo dolce; Spumante can range from brut to dry
  • Aging: For Riserva, minimum 2 years (ERD = November 11, V+2)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 11/30/2011