Friuli Isonzo / Isonzo del Friuli DOC

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


History: Established as a DOC in 1974

Vineyard Area: 791 ha / 1,954 acres (2019)

Production: 21,300 hl / 236,700 cases (2022)

Styles and Wine Composition

  • Bianco (Wh, WhFr, WhSw, WhFrSw): Any proportions of Chardonnay, Friulano, Gewürztraminer, Malvasia Istriana, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verduzzo Friulano, and/or Welschriesling (aka Riesling Italico)
  • Chardonnay (Wh): 100% Chardonnay
  • Friulano (Wh): 100% Friulano
  • Malvasia (Wh): 100% Malvasia Istriana
  • Moscato Giallo (WhSw): 100% Moscato Giallo
  • Pinot Bianco (Wh): 100% Pinot Bianco
  • Pinot Grigio (Wh): 100% Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling (Wh): 100% Riesling
  • Riesling Italico (Wh): 100% Welschriesling
  • Sauvignon (Wh): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Traminer Aromatico (Wh): 100% Gewürztraminer
  • Verduzzo (Wh, WhSw): 100% Verduzzo Friulano
  • Rosato (Ro, RoFr, RoSw, RoFrSw): Any proportions of varieties named for Bianco and Rosso except Gewürztraminer
  • Moscato Rosa (RoSw, WhSw): 100% Moscato Rosa
  • Rosso (Rd, RdFr, RdSw, RdFrSw): Any proportions of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franconia, Merlot, Pignolo, Pinot Nero, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, and/or Schioppettino
  • Cabernet (Rd): Any proportions of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc (Rd): 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Rd): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Franconia (Rd): 100% Franconia
  • Merlot (Rd): 100% Merlot
  • Pignolo (Rd): 100% Pignolo
  • Pinot Nero (Rd): 100% Pinot Nero
  • Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (Rd): 100% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso
  • Schioppettino (Rd): 100% Schioppettino
  • Chardonnay Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 85% Chardonnay; maximum 15% Pinot Nero
  • Moscato Giallo Spumante (WhSpSw): 100% Moscato Giallo
  • Moscato Rosa Spumante (WhSpSw, RoSpSw): 100% Moscato Rosa
  • Pinot Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Any proportions of Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, and/or Pinot Nero
  • Verduzzo Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): 100% Verduzzo
  • Rosso Spumante (RdSpSw): Same as Rosso
  • Vendemmia Tardiva (WhSw): Any proportions of Chardonnay, Friulano, Malvasia, Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc, and/or Verduzzo

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

  • For Vendemmia Tardiva, grapes must be dried on the vine to achieve a minimum potential alcohol level of 13.0% and cannot be harvested until at least 30 days after the beginning of the harvest
  • Minimum alcohol level: 10.5% for Bianco, Friulano, Malvasia, Moscato Giallo, Traminer Aromatico, Rosato, Rosso, Merlot, Moscato Rosa, and Chardonnay Spumante; 11.0% for Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon, Verduzzo, Riesling Italico, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franconia, Pinot Nero, Refosco, Schioppettino, Moscato Giallo Spumante, Pinot Spumante, and Verduzzo Spumante; 12.0% for Pignolo; 13.0% (potential) for Vendemmia Tardiva
  • Aging: For Pignolo, minimum 2 years (ERD = November 1, V+2)

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